Reporting Fred Bodimer
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of C-sections performed has stopped increasing and more women are waiting to have the procedure closer to the due date.
Dr. George Macones, chairman of OB/GYN at Washington University’s School of Medicine, says that is great news because doctors and mothers have absorbed the warnings about the risks of C-sections on both the mom and the baby.
“I think there has been a lot of work nationally focused on physician education as well as patient education on the risks and benefits of C-section versus vaginal delivery and I think we’re seeing the fruits of some of those efforts,” he says.
Macones says babies that are born before 39-weeks tend to have higher short term complications than babies born closer to term.