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C-Sections on the Rise for Black Women

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Get that scalpel ready: Nearly one of every three births in 2008 — 32% — was a C-section, according to an annual report that tallies trends in births and deaths. Black mothers were most likely to deliver their babies that way.

The trend cuts across demographics, with cesareans increasing for all racial and ethnic groups as mom gets older. In 2008, black women had more C-sections than any other group — 34.5% delivered via cesarean in contrast to 32% of whites and 31% of Hispanics.
 

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