Avoiding the C-section
Having a C-section is not a bad thing. Sometimes it is the safest, and sometimes the only way to get your baby out. Our goal is always a happy healthy baby. But C-section rates have risen from about 5-10 percent of deliveries in the 1970's to over 30 percent of deliveries in recent years. The question is, has the increase in C- sections produced healthier babies or healthier mamas? The answer is probably no. Unfortunately the rates of cerebral palsy, which is a detrimental brain injury to baby sometimes caused at delivery, has stayed roughly the same for all 40 years. So why are we doing so many C-sections and can we avoid them?
There are very few OB/GYNs or midwives that will tell you their C-section rates but we are proud to tell you ours. Nationally the primary C-section rate is 20%. This means if you have never had a C-section before the odds of ending up with a C section is 1 in 5. My primary C-section rate, since I have been in private practice and delivered almost all of my own patients is just 6-7%. That means we are almost always able to get your baby out safely from the vaginal approach and avoid the C-section. For a more detailed discussion on how we can get such great results click on the link below.
Helping you have happy healthy babies is what we do best. We specialize in everything from infertility and recurrent miscarriages, to high and low risk pregnancies. We can even help keep you from becoming pregnant when you need a break. After teaching Obstetrics for four years at the busiest OB hospital in the military, Dr. Pennington has experience with over 2000 deliveries. He has helped many families work through the mostly happy but sometimes tragic process of bringing babies into this world. He will always give you an honest opinion about your individual situation and work with you to bring about the best possible outcome.
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Provo UT 84604