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Relentless Rise in Cesarean Section Rate

The National Center for Heath Statistics has just released the preliminary U.S. national cesarean rate for 2006: 31.1%. This rate has increased by 50% in the past decade, reaching a record level every year in this century. The most common operating room procedure in U.S. hospitals, cesarean section involves considerable morbidity in women and babies and expense for private payers/employers and Medicaid/taxpayers.

Childbirth Connection takes this opportunity to alert women, health professionals, policy makers and the media to our extensive resources about this procedure. These include:

New National Center for Health Statistics reports on Births: Preliminary Data for 2006 and Births: Final Data for 2005 are available on the agency's Birth Data page.

Thank you for your continued support,
Childbirth Connection



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Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association. Our mission is to improve the quality of maternity care through research, education, advocacy and policy. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.
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