Status: Getting worse
Most Recent Data:
26.3 percent (2021)
25.9 percent of low-risk females with no prior birth had a cesarean birth in 2018
Reduce cesarean births among low-risk women with no prior births
Cesarean deliveries, or C-sections, can prevent injury and death in women who are at higher risk of complicated deliveries or have unexpected complications. C-sections can also prevent injury and death in their newborns. But C-sections are linked to increased risk of infections and blood clots, and many women who aren’t at higher risk for delivery complications get unnecessary C-sections. Various evidence-based strategies aimed at hospitals and health care providers can help reduce C-sections in low-risk women.
Workgroup: Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Workgroup