"A new report released today by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) revealed that from 1996 to 2007, cesarean rates increased for all women regardless of age, race, Hispanic origin, state of residence or gestational age of their infant(s) at birth.
In 2007, 32% of the approximately 1.4 million births in the United States were by cesarean section, the highest rate ever recorded in the United States and higher than the rates in most industrialized countries. The cesarean rate increased most rapidly between 2000 and 2007."
Click here to read the entire article on The Unnecesarean, an informational and activist blog.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) now recommends that women who become pregnant after a previous cesarean birth be given clear, medically accurate information from their physician when making a decision regarding how she chooses to give birth. NIH also recommended that ACOG regulations that have been restricting the availability of VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) be re-evaluated in hopes of decreasing routine repeat cesarean rates.
Click here to read the entire study from NIH.