Medicine

C-section rates starting to stabilize

 

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Doctors who have been trying to stem the number of c-sections in recent years got good news last week, when new federal data showed that the rate of the procedure has started to level off.

More women are also waiting longer in their pregnancy to have a c-section, the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

The pattern changes could mean that efforts to improve perinatal care and reduce the number of non-medically necessary c-sections may be working.

The overall rate of c-sections has stopped rising for two years after steadily increasing for more than a decade. The rate of c-sections was 33 percent in 2011, the latest data available.

C-section rates fell 5 percent for women 38 weeks pregnant and then rose 4 percent for those 39 weeks pregnant. A full-term pregnancy is 39 to 40 weeks.

Studies have linked c-sections to higher rates of postpartum depression, and doctors say the surgery can lead to complications that include hemorrhaging and infections. It also takes the mothers longer to recover.

The push for fewer c-sections came after doctors found that mothers were demanding more frequently to have labor induced, which makes them twice as likely to have a C-section. Some doctors also feared malpractice lawsuits and may have turned to cesareans more.

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