Saturday, March 27, 2010

U.S. cesarean rates increase to 32.3% in 2008

The latest CDC figures (preliminary data for 2007 and 2008) show another U.S. rise in cesarean rates to 32.3%, although as usual, there is unfortunately no breakdown in the figures between how many of those were emergency and how many were elective.

Numerous media outlets reported on the rate rise, such as Business Week's Cesarean rates Reach Record High, in which the five states with the highest cesarean rates were named as "New Jersey (38%), Florida (37%), Mississippi (36%), and Louisiana and West Virginia (35%).

On a personal note, the birth of our daughter was in New Jersey in 2007, so we're included in these numbers!

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