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The Debate Over Rising Rates of Cesarean Delivery
On the Rise
- What is your rate of cesarean versus vaginal deliveries?
- Under what circumstances is a C-section necessary?
- How is the hospital/birth center where I will give birth prepared for emergencies?
- What if I want to schedule a C-section before I go into labor?
- What if I do not want a C-section as part of my birth plan?
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
Childbirth Connection http://www.childbirthconnection.org
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
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Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery: deciding on a trial of labor after cesarean delivery. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq070.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20120625T1353426267. Updated August 2011. Accessed May 2, 2014.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 05/02/2014