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"I hope that we won't get there," said Zhang. "The upward trajectory seems likely to continue in the near future."
Explaining the increase in C-sections is no simple matter. The study found a variety of reasons, some related, including heavier moms and babies, women giving birth later in life, an increase the number of twins and multiple births, and evidence that doctors may be opting for a cesarean if women encounter difficulties in the early stages of labor.
One factor that made no difference was whether the mother had private health insurance or was covered through a government program like Medicaid.
The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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