Know Your Cesarean Rates!

National Rates
The Center for Disease Control has reported the following national statistics for 2007:

  • The Cesarean Rate for 2007 is 31.8%, which is a rise of 2% since 2006, marking the 11th consecutive year of increase and another record high for the United States
  • US Cesareans have climbed more than 50% since 1996 (from 20.7%)
  • VBAC Rate hovers around 8%, far lower than the Healthy People 2010 goal of 37 percent

Read ICAN's Press Release - "Cesarean Rate Jumps to Record High"


Local Hospital Rates
In a time where our Cesarean Rates are double what the World Health Organization says is warranted, it is up to parents to do the research, and find the birth place that is the safest and best option for them. Part of that process of choosing a location for birth is knowing the cesarean rates. ICAN of Northern Virginia received the following information from the Virginia Department of Health. Look at this information carefully, and take it into consideration when you are deciding where you are planning on giving birth.

Compare the 2007 data with prior years' data to see the trends at the various hospitals in our area. That may give you a good idea of where they may be today, in 2009. Also, we have taken the data below and put it in a comparative format on this page:Compare C section Rates



Live Birth Occurrences by Facility
by Method of Delivery Virginia, 2007
Provided by Virginia Department of Health



Live Birth Occurrences by Facility
by Method of Delivery Virginia, 2006
Provided by Virginia Department of Health



Live Birth Occurrences by Facility
by Method of Delivery Virginia, 2005
Provided by Virginia Department of Health



Live Birth Occurrences by Facility
by Method of Delivery Virginia, 2004
Provided by Virginia Department of Health