Navigation Links
Caesareans In U.S. At All-Time High

The rate of Caesarean sections in the US has climbed to an all-time high, despite efforts to bring them down.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 1.2 million C-sections were performed in 2004β€”29.1 // percent of all births that year, up from 27.5 percent in 2003 and 20.7 in 1996.

The C-section rate increased for all births, even those that involved healthy, first-time pregnancies with a full-term, single child. The government announced in 2000 a national public health goal of reducing the C-section rate for such births to 15 percent by 2010, but the actual rate now is 24 percent, and is on the increase.

The increase is attributed to fears of malpractice lawsuits in the event of a vaginal delivery going wrong, preferences of mothers and physicians, and the risks of attempting vaginal births after Caesareans.

A C-section is major surgery which involves cutting open a women's abdomen to retrieve the baby. The risks include infection and, in rare cases, death. The recovery time is longer than with a vaginal delivery. It is performed when the fetus lacks oxygen or is in life-threatening distress.

For decades, C-sections were done only in fewer births. In 1970, it was as low as 5 percent. By the mid-1980s, it exceeded 20 percent. This was because mothers increasingly preferred the convenience of C-sections, which could be scheduled, and technological innovations enabled doctors to better see the problems before birth.

By the late 1990s, health insurers had cut back their C-section control efforts. Also, studies that showed that women who deliver vaginally after having a C-section earlier suffer a ruptured uterus β€” a potentially lethal complication for both mother and child β€” in about 1 percent of such cases, worried doctors. Some hospitals have banned vaginal deliveries after C-section, or VBAC. The VBAC rate has dropped to 9.2 percent of births after a previous Caesarean in 2004, c ompared with 28.3 percent in 1996.

The rate of Caesareans among women who have not previously had one has shot up, climbing to 20.6 percent of such births in 2004, compared with 19.1 percent in 2003 and 14.6 in 1996.

On the Net: C-section report:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Women warned against Caesareans
2. Skilled Obstetricians to avoid unnecessary Caesareans
3. Doctors Warned Against Encouraging Elective Caesareans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... At its annual meeting held last week, the ... the National Board of Directors. Mr. McDermott succeeds former APDA Chairman, Fred Greene. , ... A. Chambers , APDA President and CEO. β€œPat has tirelessly served APDA since 2001 ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Colorize is a web theme ... to the next using Colorize's dynamic moving camera. Colorize is perfect for personal and ... 3D slideshow environment with 1 to 5 focus points per scene, stage floor scene ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... On June ... Diseases, a continuing medical education (CME) event presented by the Association for Comprehensive ... a first for ACCORD, whose mission is to provide education, tools, and resources ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Obispo, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... changes that Medicare San Luis Obispo users can expect to see in 2016. To ... The two most significant changes will directly impact many San Luis Obispo seniors who ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) , ... February 04, 2016 ... ... and Bobby Bailey, today announced their partnership and the start of Project HoldSpace. ... severe mental disorders affecting approximately 20 percent of youth between the ages of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... in Alabama seeking prostate care with ... have to travel out of state. Vituro Health ... of Alabama to provide a total prostate management program ... Alabama is known throughout the ... using many different modalities. They are the largest and one ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... February 5, 2016 --> ... report states that the global active pharmaceuticals ingredients (APIs) ... predicted to reach US$185.9 bn by 2020. It is ... 2014 to 2020. The title of the report is ... by Geography, and by Therapeutic Area) - Global Industry ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... HARROGATE, England , February 5, 2016 ... --> Today, VoicePower Ltd - The Speech Recognition People, ... has been deployed to improve patient care, reduce turnaround times and ... ,- Wirral CCG ,- VoicePower client since 2013 Challenge: ... Challenge: --> - Six doctors ,- Wirral ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: