Navigation Links
C-Section Rate Drops for First Time in a Decade in U.S.
Date:11/17/2011

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Nov. 17 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time in more than a decade, the rate of cesarean deliveries has dropped, a new U.S. government report shows.

Although the drop reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was small, from 32.9 percent in 2009 to 32.8 percent in 2010, experts say it is further evidence that the increase in cesarean births has finally leveled off.

"But with only one data point, we have to wait to see what the future holds before we can make any statements about trends," said report author Brady E. Hamilton, a statistician at the CDC's Division of Vital Statistics. "We have to wait and see what happens."

According to the CDC report, the teen birth rate has also dropped, to a record low. From 2009 to 2010 it fell 9 percent, to 34.3 births per 1,000 teen births.

That's the lowest rate ever recorded in almost 70 years of collecting data, the CDC report noted. Birth rates for younger and older teens, and for all racial and ethnic groups, reached historic lows in 2010, according to the report.

The rate of cesarean delivery had been rising for years because of doctor's concerns over possible complications and malpractice lawsuits.

However, many experts feel a full-term, vaginal birth is much better in terms of the infant's development, and recent guidelines issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend vaginal labor even for women who have had a previous cesarean delivery.

"I think the word is out that sections are riskier in the short term and in subsequent pregnancies for mom. That message is getting out to providers and directly to patients," said Dr. George A. Macones, head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also chair of the Committee on Obstetric Practice at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"You are going to have cesarean rates that are going to be higher in children who present with complications," said Dr. Daniel Armstrong, chief administrative officer of Holtz Children's Hospital and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

"The highest-risk deliveries are in teenage moms and you've got a big drop in teenage moms, and I suspect that cesarean sections are dropping because (a) they aren't needed, and (b) because you are having fewer high-risk births, because you are having fewer teenage pregnancies," he said.

In addition, the overall fertility rate in the United States dropped for the third year in a row.

The rate went from 66.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2009 to 64.1 per 1,000 women in 2010. And the total number of births dropped 3 percent, from about 4.1 million in 2009 to about 4 million in 2010, the researchers found.

Armstrong noted that this has been an ongoing trend ever since the baby boomer generation. "You had this big bump, and each generation after the baby boomers has been a smaller generation," he said.

Also, births to unmarried woman dropped for the second straight year, to roughly 1.6 million in 2010 from 1.7 million in 2009.

"We have a decline in all three measures of unmarried childbearing. That is the number of births, the proportion of births born to unwed mothers and the rate," Hamilton said.

And while the birth rate for woman in their early 20s dropped 6 percent and rates also fell for woman in their late 20s and early 30s, it continued to rise for woman in their early 40s.

In 2010, the birth rate for these women rose 2 percent, the highest rate since 1967, the report found. "More women are delaying birth," Hamilton said.

Younger women may be having fewer babies due to the economy, Hamilton explained, while older women are usually more settled and may not be as affected by economic factors.

"When you are in your 20s and the economy isn't particularly good, you can afford to wait a few years until things are better before having a child," he said.

More information

For more on U.S. births, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D., statistician, Joyce A. Martin, M.P.H., epidemiologist, both of the Division of Vital Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; George A. Macones, M.D., head, department of obstetrics and gynecology, the Elaine and Mitchell Yanow Professor, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and chair, Committee on Obstetric Practice, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Daniel Armstrong, M.D., chief administrative officer, Holtz Children's Hospital, and professor, pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Nov. 17, 2011, Births: Preliminary Data for 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Fear of childbirth increases likelihood of C-section
2. C-Sections Linked to Doubled Risk for Blood Clots
3. C-Section Rate in U.S. Climbs to All-Time High: Report
4. Are Affluent Women More Apt to Choose C-Section?
5. C-Sections Continue 12-Year Climb: U.S. Report
6. Study finds high rate of c-sections after pelvic fractures
7. Almost 1 in 3 First-Time Deliveries Now Via C-Section
8. Vaginal Delivery May Be OK After C-Section
9. Labor Induction May Boost C-Section Risk
10. Regional differences in C-section rate not a result of maternal request: UBC study
11. C-Sections May Raise Celiac Disease Risk in Offspring
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
C-Section Rate Drops for First Time in a Decade in U.S.
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn ... specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand ... all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... the pursuit of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high ... low, risk more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... International Conference and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant ... of the grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the ... Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families ... to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners is pleased to announce the ... as Vice President of North American Capital Sales at HTG Molecular . ... team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq system and associated reagents in North ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016   Bay Area Lyme Foundation ... Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness , Harvard ... MIT Hacking Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, and ... the five finalists of Lyme Innovation , ... than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016  American Respiratory ... testing company, is now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments in ... Medical Technologies , Inc. Patients are no longer ... to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne R. ... testing done in the comfort of her own home. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, ... less invasive and more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, ... funding.  The Series-A funding is led by Innova ... Fund, and other private investors.  Arkis, new financing ... instrumentation and the market release of its in-licensed ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: