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Increasing Cesarean Birth Rates: A Clash of Cultures?

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Cesarean birth rates in the United States reached a high of 27.6% in 2003, a 6% increase over 2002. A cultural conflict appears to exist between the views of those who believe that birth is normal and many cesareans are unnecessary and the views of those who feel that higher rates are justifiable. Childbirth educators can share cultural concepts of normal birth in their classroom.
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Keywords: cesarean birth rate; childbirth educators; normal birth

Document Type: Guest Editorial

Publication date: 2005-09-01

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