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Thursday, October 28, 2004

The Truth about C-Sections

Here's some disturbing information about cesarean births in the US:

  • Women are four times more likely to die during cesarean birth than during vaginal birth.
  • Cesarean deliveries increased 7 percent from 2001 to 2002 to reach a rate of 26.1 percent of all births, the highest ever reported inthe United States. Source: (2003) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • The US ranks 21st among nations in infant mortality and has not improved measurably since the 1970s.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) states that no region in the world is justified in having a cesarean rate greater than 10 to 15%.
  • Cesarean sections are sometimes performed for other than maternal or fetal well-being, such as avoidance of patient pain, patient orprovider convenience, provider legal concerns or provider financial incentives.
  • In the 1960s, the cesarean rate in the U.S. was just 6.6 percent.


Statistics for 2002 and 2003 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

The five states with the highest cesarean rates in 2003:
  • Mississippi = 31.1%
  • New Jersey = 30.9%
  • Louisiana = 30.4%
  • West Virginia = 29.3%
  • Alabama = 28.7%


The states with the lowest cesarean rates in 2003:
  • New Mexico, (where 25% of babies are delivered by midwives), = 19.1%
  • Utah = 19.1%
  • Alaska = 19.4%
  • Idaho = 19.7%
  • Wisconsin = 20.6%

The five states with the highest cesarean rates in 2002:
  • Mississippi = 31.10%
  • New Jersey = 30.90%
  • Louisiana = 30.40%
  • West Virginia = 29.30%
  • Arkansas = 29.10%

The states with the lowest cesarean rates in 2002:
  • Wisconsin = 20.60%
  • Idaho = 19.70%
  • Alaska = 19.40%
  • New Mexico = 19.10%
  • Utah = 19.10%

1 Comments:

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Jason said...

""Women are four times more likely to die during cesarean birth than during vaginal birth.""
- - - That is shocking. I can't believe that some people think having a cesarean birth is a great idea. There are a lot of doctors that even encourage people to have a cesarean birth for no good reason at all other than scheduling issues. Crazy! We wouldn't want those doctors to miss a game of golf or something. Ughh!

 

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