I definitely believe there have been a large increase of c-sections in the U.S. and Canada due to impatience. I know that there are definitely a need for them, when medically necessary for sure, but a third of all births is just plain ridiculous. That's exposing mum and baby to un-needed, hard and painful surgery for no reason other than the doctors want to go golfing on the weekends. (Maybe that's a bit over dramatic, granted, but it is the easiest and quickest way for doctors to deliver a baby. I can't say that OB-GYNs don't know what they're doing, but natural births do scare them, as unpredictible as they are.)
Here in B.C., Canada (unsure of the rest of my country) expecting mothers have the choice of an OB-GYN or midwife (if they want both -and its not medically necessary- the mums can pay for the other as extra support) and it is covered by the Ministry. Its quite a lovely system. Midwives here often have special permissions with local hospitals and OBs just in case, but for the most part it is still a new and unknown profession.
I currently work at a maternity store and am upgrading my diploma in order to attend UBC for... Midwifery! Haha. Its really exciting and I'm very much looking forward to what's in store.