Choosy Mothers Choose Caesareans

Why more women across America are making caesareans their delivery of choice

Laura Kleinhenz for TIME

More women like Chung, with son Nathan, are requesting caesareans, and doctors believe the trend will only increase.

Long before she even met her husband, and well before she decided to become pregnant, Euna Chung made a firm decision about how she would deliver her children. "I knew for years that I wanted a caesarean section," the 31-year-old Los Angeles--based child psychiatrist says.

She isn't a diabetic, doesn't have hypertension or, for that matter, any of the other risk factors that might indicate the need for a C-section. But a combination of having watched traumatic vaginal deliveries in medical school and hearing about her mother's difficult emergency caesarean experience after trying to deliver vaginally helped make up her mind....

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