Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bad ideas in obstetrics

There's a NYT article here on the c-section rate.

I find this one quote really disturbing:
Since OB hospitalists spend all their time delivering babies, they are also expert in vaginal operative deliveries with forceps or vacuum — skills that can prevent C-sections. 
Let's not and say we did, OK?  Forceps have a lot of inherent risks.

And I don't think this is even true--the effective use of forceps is a dying skill.  (Not quoting from a disturbing forceps delivery story--everybody can thank me later.)

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