A New York Times commentary serves as an eye-opener for anyone unaware of the degree to which having a cesarean depends on factors having nothing to do with the health or well-being of mothers and babies. The commentary also discusses measures intended to address those factors, but until there is widespread buy-in and implementation, which isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, the take-away for pregnant women is that they need to choose their care provider and birth location carefully.
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