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00000181-fa79-da89-a38d-fb7f2a950000Cesarean deliveries have increased over the last 15 years, in Seattle, and around the state—for no apparent medical reason. Now hospitals around the state are trying to bring those rates back down.In a new series called "Labor Intensive," KUOW looks at what some hospitals are doing to cut down on excessive deliveries by C-section.Read stories from the series and explore others about birth and parenting.

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