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Obstetrical Procedures

Data are for the U.S.

Procedures performed

  • Number of all obstetrical procedures performed: 7.3 million
    • Repair of current obstetric laceration: 1.3 million
    • Cesarean sections: 1.3 million
    • Artificial rupture of membranes: 1.0 million
    • Medical induction of labor: 762,000
    • Episiotomies: 320,000

Source: National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2010 table, Procedures by selected patient characteristics - Number by procedure category and sex [PDF - 160 KB]

Cesarean births

  • Percent of births by cesarean: 32.8%

Source: Births: Final Data for 2012, table 21 [PDF - 2.2 MB]

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