C-sections, birth costs up in Central Florida

Four out of every 10 babies born at Central Florida’s three busiest hospital maternity wards entered the world last year without a single push — twice as many as in 2000.

New state numbers for July 2007-June 2008 released in May show the rates of cesarean sections at Orlando Health’s Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, Florida Hospital’s main downtown Orlando campus and its Winter Park Memorial Hospital nearly doubled in the past eight years, but also are above state and national averages.

The data showed 222,814 total births in Florida last year, with 39 percent of deliveries done by C-section, up from 26 percent in 2000.

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