Time, May 9, 2014

There's no denying that rates of C-sections have skyrocketed over the past few decades, owing to a combination of convenience for moms, who may want more control over when she delivers, to malpractice concerns, which may drive doctors toward the surgery rather than risk potential complications with more lengthy and unpredictable vaginal deliveries. Since 1970, C-sections rates have climbed from 5% to 33% in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But it's hard for expectant women to determine whether their hospital of choice is more or less likely to perform a C-section. Although state health departments collect this data, it's not that easy to navigate.

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