Local & National Statistics

Preliminary data for 2015 from the Centers for Disease Control confirm that the cesarean rate is 32.0%.  Nearly three out of ten babies are born surgically, even though the World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that cesarean rates exceeding 10-15 percent result in more harm than good.  The VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) rate in 2010 (latest data) rose slightly to 9.2 percent, having been between 8.5 and 8.3 percent since 2006.  Women are not informed of the risks of repeat cesarean surgery for themselves and their babies and they may not be offered the option of VBAC, which is safer in most cases.