Public Citizen report: Too many unnecessary c-sections

Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, talks about a new Public Citizen report that raises questions about the rising number of unnecessary cesarean births. You can read the report, which studied C-section stats in New York state,  here. From the news release:

“There is a growing epidemic of C-sections in the United States, where the 2007 national rate of 31.8 percent was the highest it has ever been,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “We estimate that one-third of cesareans are unnecessary, nationally and in New York. These therefore represent unnecessary acts of violence against women. Unnecessary cesareans mean that the health of mothers and their babies are being needlessly jeopardized because mothers go under the knife instead of delivering vaginally.”