Had an interesting conversation the other day at work with a midwife - I had commented that I had noticed that recently a certain doctor seems to do more c-sections than not. Considering this person delivers 80% of the towns babies (she is the only one here that specialises in it), she is doing this A LOT!!! She delivers approximately 20 babies a month here at the moment.
So.... the midwife looks sideways at me and says - "do you know how much she gets paid for a section?" I say nope, and she says....
Not only that.... but they get a further $2000 for the epidural.
The thing is.... I have noticed with this particular doctor is that intervention seems to be the first port of call. For example... the other day a woman was labouring. She had been going for about 6 hours, was coping really well, no distress, everyone is happy. Doctor decides she is not progressing fast enough - and orders Cynto. The midwives are furious, there is no actual reason to do this.
But of course - one intervention leads to the next, and eventually you get a section. There has been quite a few inductions booked in from this doctor too, before their due date just because the woman wants it out, no medical reason. So she either books the induction or 'accidently' ruptures their membranes during a pv exam.
End result? Baby is not ready, things fail to progress, section it is.
Have you ever wondered why sections are at an all time high? And why some doctors actually encourage women to go for sections? I'm all for it if there is a MEDICAL REASON. However I do believe there is a money making racket going on here.