The Complicated Truth About C-sections

Your friends and the internet are not the best source for up-to-date information

Emily Oster
Elemental

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WWhen I was pregnant with my first child — my daughter — I embraced the assumption that, if at all possible, it’s best to avoid having a Cesarean section. I made a lot of choices which I believed were in the service of trying to avoid one, including not having a…

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Emily Oster
Elemental

Professor of Economics, Brown University. Author: Expecting Better and CRIBSHEET (April 2019). Goal: creating a world of more relaxed pregnant women and parents