New WHO guidelines suggest doctors limit C-sections

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

CHICAGO (WLS) -- New guidelines from the World Health Organizations suggest doctors should limit the number of C-sections. WHO recommends that countries should not exceed rates of 10 to 15 percent.

Harvard and Stanford researchers say rates could be a little higher, up to 19 percent.

In the United States, about 1/3 of births are done by C-section, far higher than the recommendation.

The World Health Organization did not make any recommendations about when C-section is best, urging women to make that determination by talking to their doctor.