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How common are caesarean sections (C-sections)?

Dr. Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)
30%-35% of all deliveries in the US are by C-section. 50% of twins are delivered this way.
Dr. Robert W. Chalmers, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

In the United States, C-sections are overall rising. Over the last five years, progressively there has been an increase in the C-section rate. Especially the primary C-section rate, meaning a patient who has come in to have her first baby and ends up having a cesarean.

There are several programs that have been put in place to try to lower that primary C-section rate. For one, we don't induce any mother one week before her due date, for elective reasons. And the second is, for first-time moms, we often ask that they go into labor on their own and not be induced, unless they get to one week beyond their due date. That's where we've made the biggest difference in hospitals that have a large percentage of inductions. The C-section rate in first-time moms in some institutions has climbed up to 40%.

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