A study done in the UK shows that women are more likely to accept risks to have a “natural birth” (I think ‘natural’ means ‘vaginal’ in this case, not ‘drug free’) than their care providers are. When women are given the power to make an informed choice about their births, they are willing to take risks to avoid a cesarean section.
To be fair, this wasn’t a very broad study. However, the majority of the women chose to take the risks and go for the “natural” birth. With attitudes like that, it is hard to imagine why the cesarean rates are so high. I feel it must have something to do with the care provider’s influence or sway over the woman while she is in labor.