Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

C-section numbers compared.(Final)

Byline: Jackie Jadrnak Journal Staff Writer

Zuni, Ramah women report fewer operations

The childbirth experiences of women from Zuni Pueblo and the Ramah Navajo community might have lessons to teach about how to lower this country's high rate of Caesarean sections.

Despite some high-risk factors, only 7.3 percent of births to women in those communities from 1992-96 involved a C-section, according to a study published in the May/June edition of the Annals of Family Medicine. In comparison, the 1996 Caesarean rate nationally was 20.7 percent.

"This shows that with different (labor) management styles, even in a real high-risk population, you don't need a rate that high," said Dr. …

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