When is it right or wrong to have a C-section?

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(ABCNEWS) – Having a baby on the way? It’s an exciting time, but one that might be filled with confusion as well. And for many expecting couples, whether or not a C-section is appropriate is one of the most confusing questions of all.

To help answer the question of how many women should be having C-sections, researchers at Harvard and Stanford looked at birth data between 2005 and 2012 from around the world. Their conclusion — that a C-section rate of about 19 percent — that’s 19 out of 100 live births might be the magic number when it comes to preserving the lives of new moms and their babies.

It’s a figure that goes against current w-h-o guidelines, which recommend that countries should not exceed c-section rates of ten to fifteen percent.

In the U.S., of course, the rate is already far higher. Here, about one in three births is by C-section.

So when should you consider a C-section? The best way to determine this is to talk with your doctor. It’s an important conversation that will ensure that you are taking the course of action that is right for you.

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