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Florida allows doctors to perform C-sections outside of hospitals

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Florida has become the first state to allow doctors to perform cesarean sections outside of hospitals, a move that has been met with both support and opposition. A private equity-owned physicians group lobbied for the change, stating that it will lower costs and provide a more comfortable birthing atmosphere. However, the hospital industry and leading obstetricians’ association argue that performing C-sections in doctor-run clinics increases risks for women and babies in case of complications. The new law allows for the creation of “advanced birth centers” that meet certain standards and allow women to stay overnight. The debate continues regarding the implications and safety of this change.