The History of Childbirth and the Rise of C-Sections


get me outHour 2

The CDC reports that Caesarean sections have reached an all time high, making up 32% of all births in the U.S. C-sections are now the most common operation performed in hospitals. But another CDC report says home births are also rising. We’ll ask Yale University professor of obstetrics Edmund Funai about what’s behind these two trends and talk to medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein about her new book, Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank.

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