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Place of Birth as Your #1 Cesarean Risk, with Dr. Neel Shah
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #107
Today we’re taking a look at how the hospital you choose, can be your #1 risk of having a Cesarean. Cesarean rates have increased 500% in one generation, and they are now the most common surgery performed on human beings anywhere in the work. About of them half may be unnecessary. How did we get to this, and what can you do about it? Dr. Neel Shah has answers. Check it out!
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What we talked about:
The medical conundrum of undertreatment vs. overtreatment
The 500% increase in Cesarean rates since the late 60’s/early 70’s
Why the #1 risk may be what hospital you walk into
Labor floors: providing the most intense medical protocols on the healthiest patients
Why the problem is not WHERE you deliver (hospital/birth center/home), but HOW the system is set up
How it could work: the successful UK system that actually offers choices
How you can better your chances
Asserting your voice individually and collectively
BirthByTheNumbers.org – Great resource on all kinds of birth data. Including recent info on the leveling out of Cesarean rates in industrialized nations.
About Dr. Neel Shah
Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation. He is an expert in designing, testing, and spreading system interventions that improve the safety, affordability, and experience of patient care. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Shah cares for patients during critical life moments that range from surgery to primary care to childbirth.