Vaginal Delivery vs. Cesarean Section

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Cesarean sections were initially performed for the sole purpose of removing a baby from a mother who died during childbirth.

By the late twentieth century however, delivery by C-section became widespread, rising dramatically in response to high malpractice rates associated with complicated vaginal births. In an effort to discourage “medically unnecessary” Cesarean procedures, the international health community has endorsed a 10%-15% C-section rate since 1985.

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