Cesarean Rates: Where Does Your State Rank?

Let's call a spade a spade…

The 33% U.S. c section rate is abysmal, criminal, and cannot be defended.
Birth research suggests that cesarean surgery is only truly needed in about 3% of all cases of human birth, and should never surpass 10%, or we find that women's and babies' health suffers across the board as a result.
What are your odds when you step into that hospital?

Thank you to the Unnecessarean for compiling these numbers

Percent of babies born by cesarean delivery, each state: preliminary 2009

1

Louisiana

39.6

2t

New Jersey

39.4

2t

New York

39.4

4

Florida

38.1

5

Mississippi

37.8

6

West Virginia

36.0

7

Kentucky

35.9

8

Delaware

35.7

9t

Alabama

35.6

9t

Connecticut

35.6

11t

South Carolina

35.3

11t

Texas

35.3

13t

Arkansas

34.6

13t

Oklahoma

34.6

15

Virginia

34.3

16t

Nevada

33.8

16t

Tennessee

33.8

18

Georgia

33.6

19

Maryland

33.5

20

Massachusetts

33.4

21

California

33.0

22

Rhode Island

32.8

23

Michigan

32.1

24

Pennsylvania

31.8

25t

Missouri

31.7

25t

Nebraska

31.7

27

Illinois

31.5

18

North Carolina

31.2

19

Ohio

31.1

30

New Hampshire

30.8

31

Indiana

30.5

32

Iowa

30.3

33

Kansas

30.1

34t

Maine

29.6

34t

Montana

29.6

36

Oregon

29.4

37

North Dakota

29.3

38

Washington

29.2

39

Wyoming

28.1

40

Vermont

27.9

41t

Arizona

27.4

41t

Minnesota

27.4

43

Hawaii

27.0

44

Colorado

26.4

45

South Dakota

26.3

46

Wisconsin

25.8

47

Idaho

24.5

48

Alaska

23.8

49

Utah

22.9

50

New Mexico

22.8

United States 

32.9

SOURCE:  National Vital Statistics System

 

From Births: Preliminary Data for 2009 (pdf):

The cesarean delivery rate rose to 32.9 percent in 2009, an increase of 2 percent and another record U.S. high.  The percentage of births delivered by cesarean has been rising steadily for over a decade, and is up nearly 60% since 1996.  

Between 2008 and 2009 cesarean delivery rates rose among women of all age groups 20 years and older, and all race and ethnicity groups.  The largest increase was among  non-Hispanic black women (up 3 percent); rates rose 1-2 percent among non-Hispanic white, Hispanic, AIAN and API women. In 2009, women 40 years and  older were as likely to have a cesarean as a vaginal delivery, that is, ½ of all births to women in this age group were in a cesarean delivery (data not tabulated).

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