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New birth guidelines

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Attempting a natural birth after a prior C-section is safe for most women, according to new guidelines released by the American College of Ob-Gyns.

The C-section delivery rate has skyrocketed over the past 40 years -- to almost one in three births.

But fewer women are opting for subsequent vaginal births even though they are considered safe after a C-section.

The new guidelines state that women with two previous C-sections, women carrying twins and those with an unknown type of uterine scar can now attempt a natural birth.

Doctors hope to decrease the number of C-sections performed each year.

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