Obstetricians Warn of Unnecessary C-Sections

1 decade 3 years 6 months ago Wednesday, May 10 2006 May 10, 2006 Wednesday, May 10, 2006 10:24:09 AM CDT May 10, 2006 in News
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Are some women having Caesarean births simply because they want to? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is concerned about the increasing rate over the past three decades of patient-requested Caesareans. The National Center for Health Statistics says that in 2004, more than 29%of all live births were delivered by Caesarean section. Doctor Mary D'Alton of Columbia University Medical Center says about 3% of her patients ask for a Caesarean when they don't need one. D'Alton says some women believe a Caesarean can avoid complications that can come with a vaginal delivery. But she says the procedure can come a higher risk of infection and other complications and should only be performed when necessary.

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