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Nation at a Glance: Primary Cesarean Delivery Rates

February 26, 2014

"Nation at a Glance" highlights state-specific health data on timely topics of interest. In this issue, we look at data from Primary Cesarean Delivery Rates, by State: Results From the Revised Birth Certificate, 2006-2012.

The report describes state-specific trends in primary cesarean delivery rates from 2006 through 2012 for reporting areas that implemented the 2003 U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth by January 1,2006, and from 2009 through 2012 for reporting areas that implemented the 2003 revision by January 1, 2009.

The primary cesarean delivery rate for the 2012 revised reporting area (38 states, District of Columbia, and New York City) was 21.5%. That is, more than one out of five births to women without a previous cesarean delivery were delivered by cesarean. Primary cesarean delivery rates varied by state, ranging from 12.5% in Utah to 26.9% in Florida and Louisiana.

Click on individual states and reporting areas to see primary cesarean rates for 2012, 2009, and 2006.

Primary cesarean rate is the number of births to women having a cesarean delivery per 100 births to women without a previous cesarean.

NOTE: Data exclude 12 states (shown as "na" for "Not Applicable") for which method of delivery data are based on the 1989 revision of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth; primary cesarean data are not comparable with those based on the 2003 revision of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth.

SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System.

 
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