Thursday, March 19, 2009

CDC preliminary data for 2007 Births- Csections up 2%

Here's the press release and a direct link to the report

Of note:
The preliminary cesarean delivery rate rose 2 percent in 2007, to 31.8 percent of all births, marking the 11th consecutive year of increase and another record high for the United States (Table 8; Figure 3). This rate has climbed by more than 50 percent over the last decade (20.7 percent in 1996). Increases between 2006 and 2007 in the percentage of births delivered by cesarean were reported for most age groups (data not shown), and for the three largest race and Hispanic origin groups: non-Hispanic white
(32.0 percent in 2007), non-Hispanic black (33.8 percent) and Hispanic (30.4 percent). The rise in the total cesarean delivery rate in recent years has been shown to result from higher rates of both
first and repeat cesareans (1).

Take note of the disparity between the racial groups. There is a nearly 4% difference between Hispanic (30.4 percent) and non-Hispanic black (33.8 percent). Although a few percentage points doesn't seem like that much, when you look at the total number of women having csections(over 1 million a year) that's 40,000 women. I'm going to research this further but I'm willing to bet that this has a lot more to do with socioeconomic status than people are wanting to admit.

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