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Health & wellness

New guidelines urge fewer caesarean births

In an effort to curtail caesarean sections, two prominent medical groups issued guidelines Wednesday calling for doctors to let first-time mothers remain in labor longer, and push harder, to see if more babies can be delivered vaginally.

The recommendation was driven by recent studies showing that the rise over the past decade in caesarean sections hasn’t led to better health outcomes for women or babies, such as lower mortality rates.

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