a quiet place

O'Mara, Peggy
May 2004
Mothering;May/Jun2004, Issue 124, p8
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the highest rates ever for surgical birth in the U.S. this past summer. At 26.1 percent, that number is rising . as elective cesareans gain popularity and birth options decline. A growing number of hospitals no longer "offer" vaginal births . after cesareans, and several birth centers in New York City have closed down. On March 15, the "New York Times" declared birth centers and midwives to be "fading" phenomena. Hospitals and birth centers cite increased malpractice insurance premiums for their actions. The now-defunct Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center in Greenwich Village said its premiums increased 400 percent. Insurance companies claim that these exorbitant rates stem from increasing malpractice suits and claims.


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