CDC reports C-section rates have leveled off after 60% increase

06/27/2013 | WebMD

The number of cesarean section deliveries rose 60% between 1996 and 2009, reaching 33% of births in the U.S. However, CDC researchers reported Thursday that the increase appears to have stopped, with C-sections accounting for approximately 31% of deliveries in 2011. "But we have a long way to go because the C-section rate is way higher than it should be," said Dr. Mitchell Maiman, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Staten Island University Hospital.

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