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C-Section Rates Too 
High in China 
By Dr. Lori Gore-Green / Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician
According to a commentary recently published in 
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and 
Gynecology and summariz...
The research completed for the commentary 
indicates that, of the sixteen million babies born in 
2010, approximately half...
However, the article did acknowledge that the exact 
rate of births by cesarean section, but the literature 
available on ...
Several reasons for the priority placed on cesarean 
sections are discussed. With the existing high 
number of deliveries ...
There are also a series of financial incentives for 
hospitals and physicians who engage in cesarean 
sections as opposed ...
Physician and hospital revenues are also increased with 
the procedure as well; in addition, physician salaries are 
often...
Money also plays a role in the staffing influences 
over choosing cesarean sections as the preferred 
method of delivery. ...
As cesarean sections require less nursing hours 
when compared to vaginal deliveries, it makes sense 
to pursue this avenu...
There is also a factor of patient preference. Since the 
One Child Policy has been passed, mothers demand 
perfect outcome...
Fundamentally, there is a fear of labor that inclines 
mothers towards cesarean sections. However, in 
November, a less st...
With the increased number of births would come an 
increased reliance on cesarean sections; therefore, 
the commentary pos...
Dr. Lori Gore-Green: C-Section Rates in China Too High
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Dr. Lori Gore-Green: C-Section Rates in China Too High

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This is the blog presentation of Dr. Lori Gore-Green about the high rates in c-sections in China. The rates in c-sections compared to traditional, natural birth is about 50%, which is way higher than it should be. The high rate of c-sections need to be lowered due to the lack of resources and regarding health issues. Dr. Lori Gore-Green, an OBGYN Physician herself, understands the importanced of a lower rate of c-sections.

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Dr. Lori Gore-Green: C-Section Rates in China Too High

  1. 1. C-Section Rates Too High in China By Dr. Lori Gore-Green / Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician
  2. 2. According to a commentary recently published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and summarized in an article completed for Science Daily, the rate of cesarean sections in China is far too high and efforts need to be made to reduce the reliance on the procedure.
  3. 3. The research completed for the commentary indicates that, of the sixteen million babies born in 2010, approximately half of them were delivered through cesarean section.
  4. 4. However, the article did acknowledge that the exact rate of births by cesarean section, but the literature available on the topic in China indicates that the rate of C-sections could range anywhere between thirty six percent and fifty eight percent.
  5. 5. Several reasons for the priority placed on cesarean sections are discussed. With the existing high number of deliveries occurring in the nation, cesarean sections may simply be the preferred method, due to the advantages of managing an enormous volume of births with limited resources.
  6. 6. There are also a series of financial incentives for hospitals and physicians who engage in cesarean sections as opposed to traditional vaginal deliveries. Insurance is more willing to cover the costs of childbirth, if the baby is delivered by cesarean section.
  7. 7. Physician and hospital revenues are also increased with the procedure as well; in addition, physician salaries are often supplemented, based in patient volume and collections. In this sense, cesarean sections allow for a higher salary for physicians, as they collect more than traditional vaginal deliveries.
  8. 8. Money also plays a role in the staffing influences over choosing cesarean sections as the preferred method of delivery. Staffing levels in China public hospitals are low and limited, due to government regulation. Per one thousand people in the population, there is only one and a half nurses or midwives.
  9. 9. As cesarean sections require less nursing hours when compared to vaginal deliveries, it makes sense to pursue this avenue in the interest of staffing. Finally, training is varied and inconsistent in obstetrics and gynecology in China; less than two percent of physicians complete a masters or PhD level in their training.
  10. 10. There is also a factor of patient preference. Since the One Child Policy has been passed, mothers demand perfect outcome on the one and only attempt, particularly in wards that don’t offer pain control, epidurals or much nursing support.
  11. 11. Fundamentally, there is a fear of labor that inclines mothers towards cesarean sections. However, in November, a less strict version of the One Child Policy is expected to go into action, which would allow for the birth of a second child.
  12. 12. With the increased number of births would come an increased reliance on cesarean sections; therefore, the commentary postulates that this will force medical professionals to return once more to traditional vaginal deliveries, as to cut back on the risks in childbirth.

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