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C-section rates increase across Minnesota

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More than one-quarter of births to first-time moms in Minnesota are by cesarean section, according to a report released on Tuesday.

That's a troubling statistic, a health economist with the state's Department of Health said.

"There is a fair amount of evidence that the increased interventions have not really had a bearing on the health of the mothers or their babies," said Stefan Gildemeister, program director for health economics. "So we should ask: Why are we doing it?"

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