Do Women Really Need All Those C-Sections?

By 2009, one in three births in America was by cesarean section. But the dramatic jump in numbers wasn’t necessarily due to miracles of modern medicine. Jacqueline H. Wolf, professor of the history of medicine at Ohio University and host of the podcast Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the history of cesarean birth and the impacts it has on women’s lives and the public health system as a whole. Her book is “Cesarean Section: An American History of Risk, Technology, and Consequences.”