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Houston Doctor Hopes to Cut Down on Unnecessary C-Sections

Dr. Donald Prough, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at UTMB Health, is currently testing a new technology he hopes will cut down on the number of Caesarean section deliveries being performed today. Since 1985, the World Health Organization has recommended no more than 10  to 15 percent of live births be performed via C-section. But […]

Dr. Donald Prough, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at UTMB Health, is currently testing a new technology he hopes will cut down on the number of Caesarean section deliveries being performed today.

Since 1985, the World Health Organization has recommended no more than 10  to 15 percent of live births be performed via C-section. But the average rate of first-time Caesarean section deliveries in Texas is 23.8 percent.

We talk with Dr. Prough about his efforts and we welcome your questions for Houston area obstetrician Dr. Joanie Hare, who chairs the Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait committee of the March of Dimes. She’ll help dispel some lingering myths about C-sections.

MORE: Hospital Rankings for Avoiding Unnecessary C-Sections (Consumer Reports, May 2014)

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