Category: 

How Common are C-Sections?

In the United States (U.S.), 31% of all births were Cesarean deliveries in 2006, and the rate has remained steady. The rate of C-sections rose 53% between 1996 and 2007. This may be due to factors such as an increase in the number of older women having babies, and doctors being less willing to deliver a breeched baby vaginally than they were years ago.

More delivery facts:

  • It is more common for a woman carrying multiple babies to have a C-section.

  • In 2006, 2.9 million vaginal deliveries and 1.3 million C-sections were performed.

  • The U.S. states with the highest C-section rates include New Jersey, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and West Virginia.

  • C-section deliveries can cost twice as much as vaginal deliveries.

Follow wiseGEEK:
  twitter

More Info: National Library of Medicine; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Discuss this Article

Post your comments

Post Anonymously

Login

username
password
forgot password?

Register

username
password
confirm
email

Free Widgets for your Site/Blog

As President of Uruguay, José Mujica refused to live in the presidential mansion and gave away 90% of his salary.  more...
 
October 16 ,  1964 :  China became the fifth country in the world to successfully detonate a nuclear bomb.  more...