Just as the CDC issued the 2009 Cesarean Section Statics ~ we are now at 32.9%, up from 32.3%, a Swedish company, Obstecare, has developed a test that measures the amount of lactic acid in the amniotic fluid.
In a press release issued today (Dec 22,2010) by a New Jersey Law Firm, "if high levels of lactic acid are present, it is doubtful that the mother will be able to deliver the baby vaginally, as lactic acid at certain levels begins to inhibit contractions. The test could help end difficult labors earlier by indicating that a C-section is necessary." The press release also said "For the mothers that endure prolonged hours of labor only to have a Cesarean section (C-section) in the end, a new test performed at the early stages of labor could indicate that a C-section should be performed."
Could this become standard for all obstetricians to use before labor and delivery?