-News Release from CDC –
Most recently available statistics for births in the United States, 2018:
- Percent born low birthweight: 8.3%
- Percent born preterm: 10.02%
- Cesarean section rate: 31.9%
Low birth weight rates have remained steady, preterm births have increased since 2017, but decreased since the high of 12.8% in 2006. Primary cesarean section rates have dropped by .1% while VBACs have increased by .5%. While that is good news, it means nearly one third of women are having cesarean sections, many of which are medically unnecessary.
“Births: Final Data for 2018” is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Released November 27, 2019.
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