An obstetrician questions whether hospitals are the safest place for healthy women to have babies - Quartz
When it comes to the safety of mothers and newborns, most would agree that it is better to overshoot than undershoot. The problem is that we are overshooting by a lot, in ways that lead to more insidious harm. Nearly half of the cesareans we do in the US currently appear to be unnecessary, and come at a cost of 20,000 avoidable surgical complications and $5 billion of budget-busting spending in the US annually.
C-sections may have consequences for babies as well, in ways that we are just beginning to understand.