by Ceridwen Morris
California Watch-a non-profit, independent investigative reporting team - looked at data from 253 California hospitals and found that not only do c-section rates differ strikingly between California hospitals, but for-profit hospitals perform c- sections at higher rates than nonprofit hospitals.
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The public advocacy group found that, all things considered, women were at least 17 % more likely to have a c-section at a private hospital than at a non-profit hospital.
Their report also suggests that some hospitals are performing more c-sections for non-medical reasons - including, "an individual doctor's level of patience and the staffing schedules in maternity wards."
Dr. Jeanne Conry, California district chairwoman of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said, "We take this extremely seriously. The wide variation in C-section rates really is a cause for concern."Read More »from Are C-sections More Likely at For-Profit Hospitals?