NEW YORK, NY, Oct 08, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Over 31% of US births are now by cesarean section, although a 5% to 10% rate is best for mothers and babies. The extra cost is well over $2.5 billion per year. The excess cesareans buy no reduction in maternal and newborn deaths. But they cause unneeded exposure to the dozens of adverse effects more common with c-sections. This is just the most striking example of how health care provided to mothers giving birth exposes them to avoidable harm and expense. These conclusions are found in "Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve," a report released today by Childbirth Connection, The Reforming States Group, and the Milbank Memorial Foundation.
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