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New Guidelines Aim To Lower Number of C-Sections

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Charlotte, NC - With the rate of women delivery babies by cesarean at an all-time high, new guidelines have been released that aim to lower that number and allow more women to avoid the operating room.

The new guidelines include things like allowing women more time to push before deeming a cesarean necessary, allowing women to try and deliver multiples normally and encouraging pregnant women to maintain their own health to lower the need for surgical intervention.

In the U.S., one in three women currently give birth by cesarean. That number is up 60 per cent since 1996.

Jackie Trimmer thought she was going to have to deliver her baby by c-section when she was told he was breech, but he turned at the last minute allowing her to avoid surgery.

Although she was happy not to have to go under the knife, she stressed that the only thing she was really concerned about was delivering a happy, healthy baby.

One of the most significant parts of the new guidelines is the simple idea of giving women more time. Nurse and expectant mother Candice Kessler thinks women should be able to take extra time for delivery if they feel their body needs it. She thinks that's better than being rushed into surgery too soon -- something she believes happens too often.

Information released by the World Health Organization states that cesarean rates between five and 10 per cent generally result in the best outcomes for mother and baby. Cesarean rates over 15 per cent often result in more harm than good.

Although a C-Section can be life-saving in many situations, it is still a major surgery, and these new guidelines aim to keep women out of the operating room and away from the risks that come along with it.
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