"Labor induction is significantly associated with a cesarean delivery among nulliparous women (women who have not given birth previously) at term for those with and without medical or obstetric complications. Reducing the use of elective labor induction may lead to decreased rates of cesarean delivery for a population."
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"Breast-feeding is in a revival. For years, advocates have worked behind the scenes to bring mothers and babies back to a basic starting point.
"'People are really getting it -- that this is really what makes sense,' said Lin Cook, an advocate on breast-feeding issues and certified lactation consultant. 'Once a woman sits down and breast-feeds her child, then she knows this is the right thing. It's a bonding experience. You can't buy it.'"
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"Attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a safe and appropriate choice for most women who have had a prior cesarean delivery, including for some women who have had two previous cesareans, according to guidelines released today by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
"The cesarean delivery rate in the US increased dramatically over the past four decades, from 5% in 1970 to over 31% in 2007. Before 1970, the standard practice was to perform a repeat cesarean after a prior cesarean birth. During the 1970s, as women achieved successful VBACs, it became viewed as a reasonable option for some women. Over time, the VBAC rate increased from just over 5% in 1985 to 28% by 1996, but then began a steady decline. By 2006, the VBAC rate fell to 8.5%..."