When it comes to major surgery in the United States, the most common is Cesarean sections on pregnant women. But Consumer Reports says all too often C-sections are not necessary.
Here is advice mothers need to know.
This is a support group for women who believe they've had unnecessary Cesarean sections.
Rachel Beninati says, "I am still so angry about how she came into this world."
Margaret Yawman says, "My frustrations with my two Cesareans, it was just too much."
The number of Cesareans is on the rise. Nearly one in every three babies in the U.S. is born via C-section.
Dr. Marvin Lipman of Consumer Reports says, "There are some situations in which performing a C-section is to be preferred, but that's major surgery. In most cases, the safest way, for mother and baby, is to deliver vaginally."
If a woman's first birth is a C-section, there's about a 90% chance subsequent births will also be C-sections.
Dr. Lipman says, "That doesn't have to happen. Many women who've had a C-section, especially with a low-tranverse incision, are able to have a vaginal birth after a C-section. That's know as a V-BAC."
But a woman seeking a V-BAC delivery can have trouble finding a doctor willing to try one.
Dr. Lipman says, "Some doctors don't have the necessary support from their hospital or their malpractice insurance won't cover the procedure. If your doctor is willing to try a V-BAC, make sure that he or she has all the necessary information from a previous C-section."
Almost all of these women were able to deliver their second child without having a C-section.
Bruna Maltoni says, "It was the best experience of my life, the best experience."
In addition to a rise in the number of C-sections, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of scheduled early deliveries.
Consumer Reports says in uncomplicated pregnancies, it is better for the baby and mother to let Mother Nature decide when a baby is ready to be born.