Most of the women I've known who have had C sections did not want them. They wanted to have their babies naturally or avoid the longer recovery time associated with a C section, but a lot of pushing eventually led to surgery for these ladies.
But a new test developed in Sweden could help quicken a C section decision for doctors and their patients, and potentially alleviate a difficult natural delivery. This test measures the level of lactic acid in the amniotic fluid. High levels of lactic acid signal the uterus is tired, making a vaginal birth more difficult and a C section delivery more likely.
This new test could save women from some unnecessary pushing and possibly labor complications, but the test will need a quick turnaround time to benefit these mothers.