In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first decline in caesarean sections in over a decade. This comes after a rapid rise in c-sections from 5.5 percent in 1970 to 32.9 percent in 2009.

New guidelines by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists identify patients that may be OK for vaginal delivery even after a past cesarean. Options are complex and case-specific, so always talk to your doctor about the choice for you and your little one.

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