Caesarian Birth Rate Disparities in US Hospitals
For the week of June 23rd, 2013
It’s the most common surgical procedure in America. But some experts are asking why so many Caesarean-sections are being performed even for low-risk pregnancies. And a recent University of Minnesota study found a wide variation in the rate of C-sections among hospitals. This week on Access Minnesota, U of M School of Public Health Professor Katy Backes Kozimmannil discusses how safer and more cost-effective procedures could reduce the number of C-sections.
Guest: Dr. Katy Backes Kozhimannil, Assistant Professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health in the division of Health Policy & Management
Issues: Why hospital C-Section birth rates vary so dramatically; Why these procedures are so much more common in American hospitals; What questions expectant mothers should ask their health care providers about C-Section births; The demographics of Caesarian birth rates; Effects of C-Sections on mothers and their children