Reasons for the increase in cesarean deliveries include convenience -- women wanting deliveries on demand, said Dr. Salih Y. Yasin, vice chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Also, many abnormal deliveries, which previously were done vaginally, are now done by cesarean.
"Now, unless the conditions are ideal, many of those babies are delivered by C-section," he said. Also, older women and those undergoing in vitro fertilization have less tolerance for vaginal delivery and are therefore more likely to have a cesarean delivery, he said.
Liability is also a factor, he said, "so hospitals have shied away from letting women have vaginal deliveries."
For more information on birth rates, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Brady Hamilton, Ph.D., statistician, Joyce A. Martin, M.P.H., epidemiologist, both U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Lawrence B. Friedman, M.D., professor of pediatrics, director, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Leo B. Twiggs, M.D., chairman, obstetrics and gynecology, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Salih Y. Yasin, M.D., vice chair, obstetrics and gynecology, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, all University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Dec. 21, 2010, report, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC, Births: Preliminary Data for 2009
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