New data is out for 2013. Compare to 2012 here. Rates have mostly plateaued for the last several years after rising steadily. However, some hospitals that had shockingly high numbers the previous years have come down a little, and that is good news.
The World Health Organization no longer recommends a set percentage as what the optimal level is as there is no data to pinpoint that amount. However, there is mounting evidence that as the rates rise, the risks to mothers and babies increases.
“Interpretation of the relationship between CS rates and mortality in countries with low mortality rates is more ambiguous; nevertheless, the sum total of the evidence presented here supports the hypothesis that, as has been argued previously, when CS rates rise substantially above 15%, risks to reproductive health outcomes may begin to outweigh benefits”
–Rates of caesarean section: analysis of global, regional and national estimates (Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 2007; 21:98–113.)
Click the image for an expanded view of the Cesarean Rates for Alameda County Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, john Muir Medical Center – Walnut Creek, Kaiser – Antioch, Kaiser – Hayward, Kaiser – Oakland, Kaiser – Walnut Creek, Saint Rose Hospital, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Vallycare Medical Center, Washington Hospital – Fremont
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