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C-sections can be dangerous and costly. So why are numbers rising?
Sacramento Business Journal

One in three babies is born by Caesarean section — often without good reason. And employers who foot the bill are taking notice. Surgical delivery generally puts the mother and baby at greater risk and cranks up health-care costs. Despite a national focus on quality care and cutting costs, C-section rates are going up. Nationally and in California, the rate of Caesarean births was 6 percent in 1970. It was 33 percent in 2013. Experts think the rate should be no higher than 15 percent.