Status: Little or no detectable change

Little or no detectable change

Most Recent Data:
25.9 percent (2020)

23.6 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

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

Target-Setting Method


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.