07/24/2014 04:17 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Short Documentary Calls America's Rising C-Section Rates Into Question

Currently, roughly one in three American babies are born via caesarean section. But according to The New Yorker's new short documentary, "An Unnecessary Cut?" this rate has majorly increased from the early 1970s, when only 5 percent of babies were delivered by C-section.

"An Unnecessary Cut?" follows Dr. Chileshe Nkonde-Price, a cardiologist and mother of a toddler, who aims to have a vaginal birth for her second child after delivering her first through C-section. Nkonde-Price's efforts to have a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean) and the reasons behind the rise in C-sections are the main subjects of the 17-minute film, which also features interviews with medical professionals and a whole lot of startling statistics about the United States birthing system.

Watch "An Unnecessary Cut?" above and visit The New Yorker for more.

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