The CDC has reported:
- The Cesarean Rate for 2004 is 29.1%
- The Rate is up from 27.6% in 2003
- US Cesareans have risen 40% since 1996
- VBAC Rate fell to 9.2%
- Since 1996, the VBAC rate in the US has plummeted 67%
As the number of cesarean sections in the U.S. continues to mount, so does the research showing that mothers and babies may be paying a high price for this surgery. Research published just in the last year has highlighted the short-term and long-term risks of undergoing a cesarean, for both mother and baby. Other research has called into question the assumed safety advantage of cesarean section over vaginal birth in various situations including vaginal birth after multiple cesareans and breech deliveries. Everything we know and continue to learn about cesareans supports more judicious use of the surgery, says Tonya Jamois but it is clear that the procedure is being overused. Major pieces of research released in 2006 showed that women who undergo cesareans versus women experiencing a vaginal birth have a higher risk of dying in childbirth, have a higher chance of suffering from potentially fatal placental problems in subsequent pregnancies, and their babies have a higher chance of being injured during surgery. The list of 15 studies that ICAN collected also shows that vaginal birth after cesarean, including multiple cesareans, continues to be a reasonably safe birthing choice for mothers.
- Cesarean rate at record high in U.S.
- Cesarean rise coincides with CDC report that maternal death rate rising for the first time in decades.
- World Health Organization data shows that mothers die at a higher rate in the U.S. than 40 other countries.
- Consumer Reports includes cesarean on "10 overused tests and treatments"
Redondo Beach, CA, December 5, 2007 - The National Center for Health Statistics has reported that the cesarean rate has hit an all-time high of 31.1 percent.
CDC's Preliminary Data for 2006
"There's no doubt that cesarean surgery is being overused," said Pam Udy, president of the International Cesarean Awareness Network. "Unfortunately, despite its reputation as a harmless surgery, many women and babies are paying the high price of complications from this surgery."
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