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How to avoid the risks and costs of unneeded C-sections

The rate of caesareans for first-time mothers has shot up since 1997 and is higher than it should be, experts say. Typically, the procedure is more expensive, which is one reason that experts say rates may be higher than necessary. The average total charges for care for caesarean births are about $51,000, compared with $30,000 for vaginal delivery, according to a 2013 report by Truven Health Analytics.

Experts point out some key ways of avoiding both the risks and costs of unnecessary caesareans in this Health Care Watch column at the Los Angeles Times.

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