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Are Affluent Women More Apt to Choose C-Section?
Date:5/18/2011

he study findings, Dr. Andrei Rebarber, clinical associate professor at New York University School of Medicine, said that education level -- which is linked to income -- is playing a major role in the choices of women to deliver by C-section in the United States.

"The lay press has attributed elective cesarean sections to a combination of medical, legal and patient choice issues," Rebarber said. "However, it seems likely that patient preference has become an ever-increasing factor in the overall cesarean delivery rate."

Rebarber suggested that there needs to be better education of doctors and patients about the risks and benefits of different approaches to childbirth.

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For more about cesarean births, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: BioMed Central, news release, May 17, 2011; Andrei Rebarber, M.D., clinical associate professor, New York University


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