The rumor has been going around for decades that doctors tell would-be mothers that they need to deliver via C-section even when normal delivery is possible. The rumor is supported by statistics. Despite increased risks to mother and child, and despite absence of serious complications of labor and factors impeding vaginal delivery, more and more obstetricians had been recommending C-section over the last two decades.
Many have surmised that it’s a money thing. A C-section costs a lot more than a normal vaginal delivery. An obstetrician more than quadruples his professional fee, his preferred anaesthesiologist is called in who gets paid a separate professional fee and, of course, the hospital earns more because more facilities are used — plus, mother and child have to stay in the hospital longer than they normally would had the baby been delivered normally. It’s business. Continue Reading