Cesarean Section Rates and Health Outcomes For Mothers and Babies
In a study in the December 1 issue of JAMA, Harvard Researchers examine the relationship between cesarean delivery rates and maternal and infant death, and other adverse outcomes in children following planned cesarean delivery. The results indicate that the optimal cesarean delivery rate in relation to maternal and neonatal mortality is approximately 19 per 100 live births. Higher cesarean delivery rates were not associated with better outcomes in mothers and children.
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