New Statistical Brief from Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP)

Rachel from Our Bodies, Our Blog just posted some interesting new figures from the report entitled Hospitalizations Related to Childbirth, 2006.

Among the findings were the following:

  • The percent of childbirths by c-section increased 51%, from 21.0% in 1997 to 31.6% in 2006.
  • There was a 73% decline in VBAC, from 35.3% of childbirth-related hospitalizations in women with a previous c-section in 1997 to 9.7% in 2006.
  • C-sections were, “overall, the most commonly performed operating room procedures in U.S. hospitals” in 2006.
  • From 1996 to 2006, the use of forceps decreased by 37%, and there were 55% fewer episiotomies.”
  • Uninsured patients had the lowest percentage of c-section deliveries. C-sections accounted for 33.7% of privately insured deliveries, 29.8% of Medicaid deliveries, and 25.4% of deliveries among the uninsured. [Emphasis mine]


Head over and read the post to find out the total percentage of c-sections performed compared to the total COST percentage of c-sections.