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[Comment] Strategic measures to reduce the caesarean section rate in Brazil

Quality health care during deliveries and births is essential for reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Birth should not be treated as a set of medical procedures, but as a physiological act, an important family and cultural event, and a unique time between mother and child. In Brazil, 98% of women have their babies in hospitals.1,2 Such progress has not, however, ensured more favourable perinatal outcomes and public policies need to be adopted to ensure quality maternal health care.

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