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Why are C-section rates still so high?
San Diego Union-Tribune

A new statement from the World Health Organization drives home a point long acknowledged by doctors and hospitals: Many Caesarean-section operations are medically unnecessary.

Despite that decades-old consensus, rates of the surgery have not fallen in San Diego County, California, the United States and most developed countries. In fact, they have gone up.

C-sections come with an increased risk of infection and surgical injury when compared to vaginal births. Women who undergo the procedure also face a greater risk of complications in subsequent pregnancies.