Almost 1 in 3 American woman had babies delivered by C-section in 2005, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports.
The number of C-sections was 38 percent less in 1995.
AHRQ also found:
- -Vaginal deliveries declined from about 3 million in 1995 to 2.9 million in 2005.
-Vaginal deliveries among women who previously had given birth via C-section dropped 60 percent –157,200 in 1995 to 62,300 in 2005.
-Hospitals charged $17.4 billion for deliveries by C-section in 2005.
The Oklahoman’s Heather Warlick wrote this story about C-sections in September.
Jeff Raymond, Medical Writer