Caesarean Surge

Meet little D'nai Acre; she's one day old, born at seven pounds, 14 ounces, making Jabori Acre a proud big brother. It was a special delivery in time for Thanksgiving.

Anita says, "My whole family is here in Tallahassee. Everyone's already checked in."

Thirty-five-year-old Anita Acre gave birth to her son and new daughter through caesarean section.

Anita says, "OB practices now are requiring that you do a C section now if you had a C section before just due to a lot of complications from the scar."

A new report shows nearly 4.1 million births were recorded in the U.S. in 2003, an increase from 2002, and more than a quarter of those births were caesarean deliveries. The report also shows a rise in births among older women.

Todd Patterson, neonatalogist, says, “Women are healthier now. Their childbearing year lasts longer. Plus, women who are infertile, there are a lot of medical techniques to help women, couples have children."

Those techniques often result in multiple births, babies who experts say are more likely to be born early and weigh less.

As for Anita Acre, she says she's glad her two were born healthy and looks forward to welcoming young D’nai home for the holidays.


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