U.S. C-Section Rate Is Double What WHO Recommends

April 14, 2015 2:58 PM

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U.S. C-Section Rate Is Double What WHO Recommends

Pregnant American women give birth via caesarean section at more than double the rate the World Health Organization recommends.

Outcomes for both mother and baby improve as a country’s rate of caesarean sections tops 10 percent, according to a WHO report released Friday. But there's no evidence that health care quality continues to improve once a country's rate exceeds 15 percent, WHO said.

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