Childbirth in modern times is a far cry from when our grandmothers delivered in their bedrooms at home, and few women would want to return to those days. But with the rapid spike in Cesarean sections from 21 percent of US births in 1998 to nearly 34 percent of births today — and with little evidence correlating the increase with improved health outcomes for mother and baby — some area hospitals are urgently trying to reduce what some experts say has become an overly medicalized and overly expensive process that’s one of the most natural acts of the female body.
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