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Labor induction may not raise cesarean risk for all

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While doctors and health officials battle rising cesarean section rates, a fresh look at past research suggests that induction of labor may not be contributing to the problem. Full story

Nearly 1 in 3 children delivered by C-section

   The number of C-sections in the U.S. is leveling off at a rate of 31 percent, according to a National Center for Health Statistics report.  NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

C-section rates hold steady after 12-year rise

   The rate of Cesarean section births in the US have stopped rising, holding at 33% of births, and more of the operations are being done closer to the mother’s due date.

C-Section Shift: Rate Drops at 38 Weeks, Rises at 39

The U.S. rate of Cesarean section births is holding steady, although there has been a drop in the rate of c-sections performed on babies born slightly earlier than full-term, a new report says. Full story

More C-sections are now done closer to due date

Not only has the nation's high level of C-sections finally stopped rising, but more of the operations are taking place closer to the mother's due date, a new government report found. Full story

Mother's age tied to risk of delivery complications

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenage mothers are at increased risk of delivering their babies prematurely, while older moms are more likely to give birth via Caesarean section, according to a new study from Ireland. Full story

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  Making C-sections more family-focused

Hospitals are making it easier for moms to connect with their new baby when undergoing a C-section. NBC News' Erika Edwards reports.

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