Barack Obama is having a live conference on health care reform today. I RSVP’d with this question.
(From a medical student studying to be an ob/gyn who is also a mother):
Unnecessary, expensive interventions in labor and delivery not only increase health care costs but lead to poor outcomes for mothers and babies. How serious is your health care team about improving quality of health care, including reducing the cesarean section rate? This has been a goal of the HHS since Healthy People 2000 was written, and the rate has continued to skyrocket. Childbirth is the most common reason for hospital admission in the United States, and cesarean section is the most common surgical procedure performed in United States hospitals. Small changes can save millions of dollars AND improve quality of care.