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Cesarean Childbirth (cont.)

Other Reasons for the Increased Use of Cesarean Childbirth

Other of the reasons for the increased use of cesarean childbirth include the following:

  • Use of heart rate monitors to evaluate the fetal heart rate pattern
  • Baby positioned in a manner other than head first
  • Woman's preference or repeat cesarean sections
  • Labor does not progress to delivery
  • Mother has an active genital herpes infection (the baby needs to avoid potential exposure through the birth canal)
  • Mother has HIV infection
  • Presence of obstructions such as benign or malignant tumors in the lower reproductive tract or pelvic anatomical abnormalities
  • Malpractice concerns
  • Birth in a private, for-profit hospital
  • Woman's higher level of education and social status
  • Increased maternal age, as more women are having babies later in life
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