“The cesarean delivery rate rose 2 percent in 2007, to 31.8 percent, marking the 11th consecutive year of increase and another record high for the United States.”This quotation and table come from the CDC's National Vital Statistics Report--"Births: Preliminary Data for 2007."
Please. Please. Please stop this trend.
Need I remind you that certified nurse-midwives typically have cesarean rates below 15% and home birth midwives frequently below 5%... safely and with much higher levels of satisfaction with their care. (My midwives range between 1 and 3% depending on whether the mother has given birth before... and that's with consistently good outcomes.)
Is there really any question whatsoever about the solution to the U.S.'s cesarean epidemic?