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Aetna-Cigna Urge Moms to Avoid Cesareans to Reduce Risks: Health

As research shows the risks of delivering babies before they’re ready, insurers from Aetna Inc. to Cigna Corp. are nudging hospitals and doctors to scale back induced births and cesarean surgeries.

A decades-long move toward scheduled births has helped make the C-section the most common surgery in the U.S., accounting for a third of all deliveries, according to federal statistics. More troubling, the procedures are coming earlier in pregnancy, raising costs as well as the risk of complications. Insurers are starting to push back.