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Am Fam Physician. 2007;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

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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).

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