Practice Guideline Briefs
Am Fam Physician. 2007 Aug 1;76(3):444-447.
Cesarean Delivery Rate Hits All-time High
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Published source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 20, 2007
Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5615a8.htm
Nearly one in three live births in the United States in 2005 was a cesarean delivery, marking the highest U.S. total cesarean rate ever reported. Since 1996, the total cesarean rate has increased by 46 percent, driven by an increase in the percentage of women having a first cesarean delivery and a decrease in the percentage of women delivering vaginally after a previous cesarean delivery. Cesarean rates vary considerably among states but tend to be lower in the Western mountain states and upper Midwest, and higher in the Southeast and East (Figure 1).
Copyright © 2007 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This content is owned by the AAFP. A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. This material may not otherwise be downloaded, copied, printed, stored, transmitted or reproduced in any medium, whether now known or later invented, except as authorized in writing by the AAFP. Contact email@example.com for copyright questions and/or permission requests.
Want to use this article elsewhere? Get Permissions