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Public Citizen Issues Report Analyzing Unnecessary C-Sections in New York and Making Suggestions How to Avoid One

Posted On Apr 26, 2010 @ 11:41 PM by SEO Admin

A March, 2010, Data Brief of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported that nearly a third of cesarean sections in New York state may be performed unnecessarily, and a report released by Public Citizen this past Wednesday found that Long Island has among the state's highest rates of caesarean sections. The rapid rise in cesarean sections is due to the procedures being performed on women who had never had one before, as well as to a sharp decline in the rate of women who undergo a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean (VBAC). The Public Citizen report analyzes the rates of c-section by counties and hospitals in New York, and sets forth suggestions for expecting parents to try to avoid an unnecessary c-section. The NCHS paper describes major risks of undergoing a caesarean section: Cesarean delivery involves major abdominal surgery, and is associated with higher rates of surgical complications and maternal rehospitalization, as well as with compl

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