Although birth rates declined in 2008, the rates of cesarean delivery increased to nearly a third of all births in 2008, according to a new report.
Rates of cesarean delivery rose to nearly a third of all births in 2008, marking the 12th consecutive increase, according to a report that will be published in the January 2011 issue of Pediatrics.
Developed by the National Center for Health Statistics and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the report—Annual Summary of Vital Statistics: 2008—also shows that record birth rates in the United States were reversed in 2008, and that death rates for children ages one to 19 years decreased significantly.
The annual summary is a long-standing feature in Pediatrics. Highlights of this year’s report are as follows:
The researchers also found that the total fertility rate decreased 2% in 2008 to 2085.5 births per 1,000 women, and the proportion of all births to unmarried women increased to 40.6% in 2008, up from 39.7% in 2007.
To read the Pediatrics report in its entirety, click here.
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