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Why is it that obstetricians now do so many cesareans. In this more dangerous direction?

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Dr. Ronald De la Pena
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Safety

Most cesareans (about 50-66%) are because the baby doesn't fit.
Half because she can't dilate to 10cm and half are completely dilated but she can't bring the baby through the birth canal. About 25% of cesareans are for baby heart rate concerns ideally, ob/gyns should try to have the best outcomes for mom and baby with the lowest possible section rate.

In brief: Safety

Most cesareans (about 50-66%) are because the baby doesn't fit.
Half because she can't dilate to 10cm and half are completely dilated but she can't bring the baby through the birth canal. About 25% of cesareans are for baby heart rate concerns ideally, ob/gyns should try to have the best outcomes for mom and baby with the lowest possible section rate.
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