- the caesarean rate is hovering close to 40% in private NSW hospitals
- between 1/4 and 1/3 of women in private hospitals have an episiotomy compared to only 10 % in public hospitals
- forceps and vacuum deliveries comprise nearly 15% of all private hospital births
- in one NSW private hospital, only 4% of women go without any pain relief
Although there are not any easy solutions to such a complex issue, particular when it comes to the role of choice and power in hospitals, it seems that some things can be addressed quite easily. For instance, midwives often encourage women to give birth standing up or in other positions that progress labour more quickly and effectively. When women have epidurals, standing is not possible.
Any Aussies out there who feel they were forced to 'choose' intervention during birth?