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For as long as physicians can remember, it has been a truism that inductions of labor lead to an increased risk of cesarean delivery. That belief has now been turned on its head.
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A new California survey of pregnant and new mothers paints a bleak picture of what it’s like to be a black mother.
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California has been particuarly aggressive in its data-driven effort to curb high C-section rates at hospitals throughout the state. The results from early pilot projects have been promising.
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Rewarding physicians and hospitals for the value of care can dramatically improve care quality and lower costs. So why has the transition to this new model of care been so slow?
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A new data-rich almanac on maternity care in California highlights persistent racial disparities in prenatal care and maternal mortality rates.

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We thought we knew the main reasons why doctors perform too many C-sections in the U.S. But a recently reported study points to another cause: Doctors are often wrong in predicting babies' weight, and that can lead to unnecessary cesareans.

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C-sections are still considered way too common at a majority of hospitals throughout the country. In this first of a two-part series, 2015 California fellow Danielle Venton looks at how a hospital in Marin County has successfully tackled the problem.

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California mirrors the country's rising rate of C-section births — up by 50 percent in 10 years. That worries experts, who say the procedure carries added costs and risks. But data-driven efforts are underway in the state to turn the tide, with some notable early success.

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