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Doctors shouldn't rush into C-sections, say new guidelines

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New guidelines from leading pregnancy specialists indicate doctors should be more patient when it comes to performing cesarean sections, according to NBC News.

The guidelines aim to reduce the high C-section rate in the United States.

The recommendations urge doctors not to order a C-section because of prolonged labor, because labor can take longer than experts previously thought.

Experts now believe active labor may not begin until the cervix is dilated six centimeters, instead of four.

They also say women should push for at least two hours if they have delivered a baby before, and three hours if it's their first baby.

The report also suggests forceps as a safe alternative to some C-sections, if the obstetrician is well-trained in that procedure.
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