Improving maternity and infant birth outcomes in the U.S. Percentage of All Live Births by Cesarean Delivery, U.S. 1989-2007 :. 2010 32.8%.
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Percentage of All Live Births by Cesarean Delivery, U.S. 1989-2007:
SOURCE: National Vital Statistics Reports, 61(1), Births in 2010, VitalStats, August 2012. * HCUP Fact Book No. 3. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2002. Care of Women in U.S. Hospitals, 2000.
Childbirth #1 reason for hospitalization, accounts for almost 25% of hospital stays*
Nearly one-third of births via caesarean section
Rising rates of some complications – 12% of births pre-term
Poor measures of quality of care
Increasing use of assisted reproductive technologies
Racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. maternal mortality rates
Post-partum depression a challenge for many women