Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Life begins on schedule

Wall Street Journal:

[S]everal factors, including doctors' fear of litigation, a growing demand among patients for elective caesareans that aren't medically necessary and more induced labors have contributed to the growing rates of c-sections. "People will come into my office and say, 'you're not going to let me go past my due date,'" Dr. Meyer says. He says induced pregnancies are more likely to end up with a c-section than if the woman goes into labor on her own.

This omits my favorite reason why women are having more c-sections: because vaginal birth increases the risk of a doctor canceling his dinner plans!

4 comments:

Jack Crow said...

My wife works in OB/GYN. Her doctors just plain get paid more any time they cut into a human body.

Anonymous said...

getting paid less could affect their dinner plans....

JRB said...

If you're going to reduce everything to economics, you've come to the right place.

Hunter said...

In this case, reducing to economics is not necessarily wrong. In particular, this is (increasingly) NOT a matter of gender relations (as opposed to economic-power relations):
http://www.allbusiness.com/population-demographics/demographic-groups/8892978-1.html
That is, the last bit of the post should probably have referred to the doctor canceling HER dinner plans.