In a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, doctors from Massachusetts and California followed the relationship between cesarean deliveries and maternal/neonatal mortality rates around the world and compared those findings to older global analyses conducted by the World Health Organization (“WHO”). Analyzing childbirth in 194 countries from 2005-2012, a C-section rate of 19 per 100 live births, the researchers suggest, is ideal for the overall health of both women and children, resulting in the lowest mortality rate—up from the WHO’s ideal rate of 10-15% established 30 years ago. “As countries increase the number of C-sections they provide, mortality goes down” — though benefits only continue to a point before plateauing, one of the study’s authors Dr. Thomas Weiser noted.
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