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Cesarean section rates

Impatience could help explain the rising U.S. cesarean section rate, given that a high percentage of such deliveries probably are performed before women are in active labor, a new National Institutes of Health-sponsored study shows.

The C-section rate has climbed more than 50% since 1996, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. An increasing proportion of first-time mothers are delivering by C-section, while fewer women who have had a previous C-section deliver subsequent babies vaginally. (from USA today)

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Cesarean Section

Cesarean section is a surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made through a mother’s abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies, or, rarely, to remove a dead fetus. The first modern Caesarean section was performed by German gynecologist Ferdinand Adolf Kehrer in 1881.

A Cesarean section is usually performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby’s or mother’s life or health at risk, although in recent times it has also been performed upon request for childbirths that could otherwise have been natural.


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