Cesarean birth rate rises--again....Reporting on the rising cesarean cesarean /ce·sar·e·an/ (se-zar´e-an) see under section.
ce·sar·e·an or cae·sar·e·an or cae·sar·i·an or ce·sar·i·an
Of or relating to a cesarean section. rate feels like playing a broken record--that's because it is the tenth year in a row that the National Center for Health Statistics National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
NCHS is the United States' principal health statistics agency. has reported an increase in the cesarean rate. The cesarean section cesarean section (sĭzâr`ēən), delivery of an infant by surgical removal from the uterus through an abdominal incision. The operation is of ancient origin: indeed, the name derives from the legend that Julius Caesar was born in this rate rose 4% from 2004 to 2005, with 30.2% of all births occurring by cesarean, the highest rate ever reported for the U.S. This is up from 29.1 percent in 2004. There has been a 46 percent increase in the Caesarean caesarean
Variant of cesarean.
cesarean. rate since 1996. The rate was only 5 percent in 1970.
Other disturbing trends occurred in rates of preterm preterm /pre·term/ (-term´) before completion of the full term; said of pregnancy or of an infant.
adj. birth and babies born at low birth weights. The preterm birth rate, or the percentage of infants born before 37 weeks gestation, increased from 12.5% of all births in 2004 to 12.7% in 2005. The percentage of U.S. babies born at low birth weights rose slightly to 8.2 percent of all births in 2005, with an overall gain of about 20 percent in the past two decades.
Also, the rate of "late preterm" births (34-36 weeks) increased from 8.9% (in 2004) to 9.1% (in 2005). While the report does not mention any connection, it is possible that planned cesareans and early inductions contribute to this kind of prematurity.
Births." Preliminary Data for 2005 is available at www.cdc.gov/nchs.