ATLANTA — Not only has the nation’s high level of C-sections finally stopped rising, but more of the operations are taking place closer to the mother’s due date, a new government report found.

Figures released Thursday show what appears to be a significant shift in when pregnant women have cesarean sections. Experts called the change great news — apparent evidence that doctors and women have absorbed warnings about the risks of C-sections and the importance of waiting to deliver until the baby is full-term.

“People are getting the message,” said Dr. Barbara Stoll, an Emory University specialist in the care of newborns.

Read more in Thursday’s Arizona Daily Star or StarNet.