Most doctors agree that a traditional birth is almost always better than Cesarean, but there has still been a nationwide increase in C-sections in recent years – with rates varying from hospital to hospital, according to new research published in a health journal.
Obstetrician Amy Bingaman says women who request a C-section need to understand the side effects. First, the scarring can be more than just cosmetic. Then there is the risk of hernias, backaches and issues with future deliveries.
C-sections nationwide account for one-third of all births, making them the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the U.S. Arizona's C-section rate has leveled off recently at about 27-percent of births.