New York


NTSV Cesarean Birth Rate Dashboard: New York

The Healthy People 2020 target of 23.9% has not been met.

New York's NTSV cesarean rate does met the Healthy People 2020 target of 23.9 percent.   

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How does this state compare to the United States?

How does this state rank among other states?


About this state dashboard

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics provided a special report on state-level final data to These include maternal morbidity cases, maternal conditions and characteristics of labor and delivery not currently accessible in CDC WONDER. Our organization is publishing these alongside national numbers to inform the public, policy makers, public health experts and the obstetric and midwifery community about state-level progress toward Healthy People 2020 goals for childbirth.


Defined by the World Health Organization Maternal Morbidity Working Group (MMWG), 2013. 


Maternal Morbidity, NY, 2016

All births: 234,283

Maternal transfusion: 1290

3rd- or 4th-degree perineal laceration: 2616

Ruptured uterus: 74

Unplanned hysterectomy: 144

Admission to intensive care unit: 383

Unknown: 1078

Maternal Morbidity, U.S., 2016

All births: 3,945,875

Maternal transfusion: 11,494

3rd- or 4th-degree perineal laceration: 25,463

Ruptured uterus: 976

Unplanned hysterectomy: 1,342

Admission to intensive care unit: 5,003

Unknown: 5,362

More available on CDC WONDER, including data on age, race and other characteristics.

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Characteristics of Labor and Delivery


Final Route of Delivery, NY

Overall cesarean rate in 2016: 33.7 percent

Final Route of Delivery, U.S.

Overall cesarean rate in 2016: 31.9 percent

Birth Attendant, NY

Birth Attendant, U.S.


VBAC v. Repeat Cesarean, NY

13.0 percent Vaginal Birth After Cesarean rate (excludes unknown)

VBAC v. Repeat Cesarean, U.S.

12.4 percent Vaginal Birth After Cesarean rate (excludes unknown)

Compare to other states:


Epidural/Spinal Utilization, NY

85.2 percent

Epidural/Spinal Utilization, U.S.

73.5 percent

Cesarean with Trial of Labor, NY

29.3 percent attempted a trial of labor before a cesarean birth (excludes unknown).

Cesarean with Trial of Labor, U.S.

25.3 percent attempted a trial of labor before a cesarean birth (excludes unknown).

Induction of Labor, NY

27.7 percent

Induction of Labor, U.S.

24.5 percent

Labor Augmentation, NY

23.9 percent

Labor Augmentation, U.S.

21.0 percent

Maternal Health Characteristics

History of a Prior C-section, NY

17.1 percent

History of a Prior C-section, United States

15.3 percent

Chronic Hypertension, NY

Chronic Hypertension, U.S.


Pregnancy-Associated Hypertension, NY

Pregnancy-Associated Hypertension, U.S.


Tobacco Use, NY

Tobacco Use, U.S.


Diabetes, NY

Diabetes, U.S.


Tools for Promoting Maternal Safety

Several organizations offer free quality improvement solutions online, including condition-specific toolkits and larger scale data collection and analysis protocols.


Hospital level:

Patient Safety Movement Foundation: Optimizing Obstetric Safety Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care: Maternal Safety Bundles

California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative: Toolkits and Maternal Data Center


State or regional level:

State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives

Maternal Mortality Review Committees: General information and standardization of data collection

New York Hospital C-section and VBAC Rates

New York State Department of Health has the country's most thorough selection of maternity data available on its website. While NYSDOH doesn't publish NTSV C-section rates, the public can search everything from breastfeeding initiation rates to forceps rates. Every pregnant person is supposed to receive this leaflet per New York State Public Health Law: § 2803-j. Information for Maternity Patients. Readily available data allow for better research to be conducted in these areas, such as this 2017 paper, Midwifery and Rates of Obstetric Procedure Utilization at New York State Hospitals, and for pregnant people to see first-hand the extreme variation in rates of procedures that matter to them.