New Medical Warning From the Nation's Top Doctors on C-Sections

Concerns that too many babies are being born via C-section that aren't medically necessary.
3:00 | 02/19/14

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And now we move onto a new warning from some of the nation's top doctors. Are too many babies in America being born by caesarean section? Is it medically necessary? Or is it something else? ABC's bazi kanani now with this new report. Reporter: An alarming number -- 1 in 3 women giving birth in America today, having a c-section. And according to today's report, that number is too high. C-sections, of course, can be a life-saving procedure. But the leading ob-gyn groups behind the new report say, too often, c-sections are not needed. And they are real surgeries. They can lead to infection, severe bleeding. Erika Cabrera says ss she suffered. My incision did not heal. I wasn't able to breast feed due to this. I also had a little bit of postpartum depression, I think it was increased because of this. Reporter: Among women giving berth, those who have planned c-sections have a three-timing higher rate of serious problems, including death. Yet, doctors often turn c-sections early in the birthing process, hoepg to held off a complication for the baby. We live in the reality of litigation, so, I think sometimes obstetricians are leading towards, if I do the c-section, this is done and I'm okay. Reporter: This is not always just a doctor's preference. I've had patients come in, say, I prefer to have elective caesarean section. Reporter: Today's report calls on doctors to exhaust all measure to turn c-section only when medically needed, reminding doctors and patients that the goal is a healthy birth for baby and mom. Bazi kanani, ABC news, Denver.

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