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Does anybody have a resourse with the c-section rate over the years?

I'm looking for a link to a site that lists the c-section rate from whenever they started keeping track to the most recent year available. It seems like the rate was around 20% in 1985 and 25% in 1990. I can't beleive it is up to 31% now. Would love to see a chart along with when the ultrasound, fetal monitoring, and cervidil were introduced. Can somebody help?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:55 PM on May. 21, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Not exactly, but ABC news did a report on the sky rocketing c-section rates back in March. And the rates are a lot higher than 31%. At the hospital where I delievered it was 50% and at the hospital shown in the story it was 2 c-sections for every natural birth.

     I wrote a commentary piece on it. If you're interested you can read it here.


    Answer by HotMama330 at 5:07 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • Thank you. My area is leading the curve with a c-section rate around 45-50% in several hospitals. And I sincerely doubt that the hospital with the 67% c-section rate has ANY natural births. They might have 33% vaginal, but I doubt a single mom gets by without some sort of intervention.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:43 AM on May. 22, 2010

  • Doctors get paid more for c-sections, with less work.

    C-section rates are close to 40% and epidural rates are over 90%. There is a direct correlation between the increase in epidurals and the increase in c-sections.

    Eat healthy, exercise, don't have an epidural: these will lower your chance of having a c-section.

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:50 AM on May. 22, 2010


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:35 AM on May. 22, 2010

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