Too Many Unnecessary C-sections

Published 06/23 2014 02:36PM

Updated 06/23 2014 02:39PM

PHILADELPHIA - A huge new study finds that many American women are undergoing cesarean sections for no good reason. Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) looked at millions of U.S. births over 15 years.

They found that nearly one in 25 babies are born earlier than medically justified through elective C-sections and elective induced labor. The doctors say growing evidence suggests that health outcomes are worse for babies born before 40 weeks.

The study team found that early-term non indicated cesareans and early-term induced labor both lengthened the infant's hospital stay.

Older mothers with  higher education levels, private health insurance, and who delivered at a smaller-volume or a non-teaching hospital were more likely to have elective c-sections

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