C-Sections in U.S. Stable After 12-Year Rise: CDC

Guidelines discouraging early elective deliveries may have helped

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And a study published earlier this year by University of Michigan researchers found that birth at 39 to 41 weeks provides more developmental advantages compared to birth at 37 to 38 weeks.

"We need to leave mothers alone so that the infant can have a full-term delivery," Maiman said.

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For more information on cesarean delivery, visit the March of Dimes.

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