There also is a wide disparity in these numbers within state hospitals ... The rates range from 6.6 percent to 60 percent.
Women who undergo C-sections face the normal risks of surgery -- infection, blood loss and an extended recovery time. Babies have a greater chance of respiratory problems or injury from the incision ...
Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark has one of the lowest rates in the state --16.8 percent.
Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton has the state's lowest C-section rate among first-time, low-risk births ... 6.6 percent.
... "Babies do better after vaginal delivery. There is a lower rate of admission to the neonatology critical care unit due to low rates of respiratory problems ... they're more likely to successfully breast-feed."