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C-sections on the rise


The number of women having C-sections in the United States reaches new highs.

The National Center for Health Statistics says it rose over 50-percent from 1996 to 2007.

Women delivering via cesarean section now make up a third of all births.

The biggest spike was seen in babies considered "late preterm," meaning they were thirty-four to thirty-six weeks old at delivery.

Studies have gone back and forth on the benefits versus risks of C-section deliveries. The best advice for mothers-to-be is to talk with their doctor about their options.

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