Thus, the information now available makes clear that the growth in Caesareans—which includes mothers of all ages, races and across all medical conditions—is the result of a complicated shift in professional practice that deserves careful scrutiny. It is not primarily about mothers pressuring doctors to take what they perceive to be the "easy" way out, as contemporary media coverage would have us believe.
Gene Declercq is professor of maternal and child health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Judy Norsigian is executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves. This news analysis was written for Women's Enews, an award-winning Web-based news service covering issues of particular concern to women.
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