Hallelujah!!GRRRRRR THIS STUDY IS ANNOYING ME.
It's completely flawed and I'm miffed it's getting any kind of air time at all because the bit they forgot to include makes the numbers entirely irrelevant.
The women surveyed were not asked whether their interventions were requested or not.
Yet these figures are being tossed around as though they speak for unwanted intervention. They DO NOT. Whether the women planned elective c-sections or not is not taken into account, whether a woman was exhausted and asked for ventouse assistance is not taken into account. We all know women that request epidurals, they're rarely "forced" onto people. It doesn't take this into account at all, only that interventions happened.
Well interventions aren't always inflicted upon women who don't want them. This study is making noise like they are.
It's COMPLETELY irrelevant as any kind of statement without this information. Interventions don't happen in a vacuum. There are plenty of times interventions are requested, and for them to not take this into account is ridiculous.
If they asked whether the interventions were wanted or not, THEN they might have some interesting stats with which to start a conversation -- but they don't want to start a conversation, they just want to make private hospitals look like they're salivating while waiting to gut us all like fish. They just want to say "Intervention baaaaad, natural, gooooood!" like it was that simple.
Absolute rubbish and shouldn't be getting the kind of traction it is.