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First-time mothers drive up c-section rate: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women should only have a cesarean delivery if there is a medical reason for it, and doctors should not switch a vaginal birth to a cesarean section sooner than recommended, conclude the authors of a new study. Full story

NYT: Most C-sections done before labor, study shows

NYT: A new study suggests several reasons for the nation’s rising Caesarean section rate. Full story

C-section rate will keep rising, experts say

U.S. government scientists say more women will be giving birth by C-section for the foreseeable future. Full story

Italy health minister apologizes for botched birth

Italy's health minister traveled to Sicily on Monday to apologize to a woman whose delivery of a son was botched when her two doctors got into a fistfight in the operating room. Full story

Guideline: Women need antibiotics before C-section

Women who need a C-section should get antibiotics before, not after, they're cut — preferably within an hour of the start of surgery, says a new guideline for the nation's obstetricians. Full story

Obesity may be driving C-section rates higher: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The larger a pregnant woman is when she checks in on delivery day, the greater her risk of having a cesarean section, according to a U.S. study. Full story

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Sept. 24: A mother in Indonesia gives birth 19-pound baby boy by Caesarean. TODAY’s Ann Curry reports.

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