The steep and steady increase in Cesarean section childbirthfinally may have peaked.

According to preliminary government data released Thursday,C-section deliveries were down slightly in 2010 -- from 32.8% of all deliveries compared to 32.9% in 2010. The rising C-section birth trend has been roundly criticized because many surgical deliveries are not performed for medical reasons, according to numerous studies. The nation's C-section rate in 1970 was only 5%.

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