Rate of Cesarean Delivery on the Decline, Reports CDC

November 12, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​The rate of low-risk cesarean delivery dropped from 28.1% in 2009 to 26.9% in 2013, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the November 5, 2014 National Vital Statistics Report. This is the first decline in cesarean rate since 1997, at which point the rate began climbing steeply upward from 18.4%. Results indicate a drop in cesarean rate across all maternal groups; however, the most significant decrease was that at 38 weeks, which was down 9%. This drop comes after increased efforts on the part of professional associations and regulatory agencies to educate practitioners about the risks and costs of unnecessary early cesarean deliveries.

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