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Mich. Hospitals Leading the Way in Alternatives to C-Section Births

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- An obstetrics project developed by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Keystone is being identified by health officials as a major initiative towards eliminating unnecessary Caesarean births and improving the health of newborns, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press.

Lead researchers of the project say some of the findings have already resulted in major changes at 65 Michigan hospitals as officials develop healthy alternatives to C-section and drug-inducing births. The project focuses on discouraging C-section births if the mother suffers from a chronic disease or is carrying more than one baby, according to the report.

"We've had a better outcome," Dr. Charles Cash, Oakwood Hospital's obstetrics director, told the Free Press. "We've improved the safety and the quality of the community."

Among the other findings during the course of the research has been a decrease in the amount of special care required for infants following birth.

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