Sex Roles (2016) 75:531–533 DOI 10.1007/s11199-016-0681-3 BOOK REVIEW The Birthing Paradox: Understanding the C-Section Epidemic in America Cut It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America. By Theresa Morris, New York, NY, New York University Press, 2013. 255 pp. $30.00 (cloth), $19.95 (paper). ISBN-13: 978-0-8147-6411-4 Julia Cartwright Published online: 13 September 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016 In the United States, national regulatory bodies recommend decisions, everyone loses—except hospitals. Babies are not Cesarean sections (C-sections) based on the belief that C- protected, mothers are not protected, and health care costs sections result in fewer negative birth outcomes and fewer are not sustainable, but hospitals avoid lawsuits. Morris inves- malpractice claims because they make delivery more predict- tigated each piece of the birthing paradox in depth: from how able, controllable, and more easily monitored. As a conse- mothers-to-be are educated about birth, to insurance, to nurs- quence, the C-section rate has risen dramatically. However, ing staff, and systemic issues within the medical environment. as the C-section rate has risen, so has the rate of maternal Her thorough assessment leaves the reader certain of the cause mortality, while the rate of negative birth outcomes has of the problem and determined to
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