Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

C-Section Births Popular Despite Health Effects

Mom-with-baby-hospital-newbornMost doctors agree that a traditional birth is almost always better than Cesarean, but there has still been a nationwide increase in C-sections in recent years – with rates varying from hospital to hospital, according to new research published in a health journal.  

Obstetrician Amy Bingaman says women who request a C-section need to understand the side effects.  First, the scarring can be more than just cosmetic. Then there is the risk of hernias, backaches and issues with future deliveries.

C-sections nationwide account for one-third of all births, making them the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the U.S.  Arizona's C-section rate has leveled off recently at about 27-percent of births.

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