July 9, 2008 4:17 PM

How Brazil became the world leader in unneeded C-sections

When Joyce Provedel went into labor with her first child, she'd planned on giving birth the age-old way, no matter how long it took or how much pain it meant. Her doctor, however, had his own ideas. He worked for one of Rio de Janeiro's most popular maternity hospitals, and doctors there delivered babies almost only by Caesarian section, whether the mothers needed it or not.

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