Below is the e-mail that was sent to me. As usual, Childbirth Connection has done a magnificent job of distilling a simple, clear, persuasive, nonconfrontational response to a complex, controversial question.
A new web page on the Childbirth Connection website answers the question: Why does the national U.S. cesarean section rate keep going up? The page dispels two myths that continue to arise and identifies interrelated factors that are leading to record-level cesarean rates year after year. Please see http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10456
The page is available as a PDF handout for journalists, policy makers, students and others (first document in Quick Links box).
Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH
Director of Programs
281 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10010
T 212-777-5000, x5
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