Health Officials Trying to Lower C-Section Rates by Mark Friedman Posted 12/24/2012 12:00 am Arkansas health officials and hospitals are trying to lower the state's percentage of cesarean section births, which are nearly double the cost of a vaginal birth. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access stories older than 15 days. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.