February 19, 2014 at 1:00 am

New C-section guides urged

Washington— Show more patience in the delivery room: That’s the prescription being given to the nation’s obstetricians.

New guidelines say doctors should give otherwise healthy women more time to deliver their babies vaginally before assuming that labor has stalled. The recommendations are the latest in years of efforts to prevent unnecessary C-sections.

The recommendations are being published jointly today by two groups of pregnancy specialists — ACOG and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine — amid growing concern that C-sections are overused.

Nearly 1 in 3 women in the U.S. gives birth by cesarean.

Associated Press