Maternity leave promotes better health for mom and baby

Taking a leave of absence before childbirth sharply lowers the rate of Caesarean section deliveries, according to new research from UC Berkeley. Women who took a break from work after their 35th week of pregnancy were four times less likely to require the costly surgery, compared with women who worked almost up to their delivery date, according the study, which appears in the January/February issue of Women’s Health Issues.

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