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|Sun, 11-02-2003 - 8:28pm|
I cheated and asked the cl on the vbac baord for this info but here is her post cut and pasted:
The latest rates are from 2002, and I am pretty sure that those numbers can be downloaded from the ICAN website (at http://www.ican-online.org). Here's what it says there:
"ICAN Urges Ban on Unnecessary Cesareans
"The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) today called for a ban on unnecessary cesarean sections in response to 2002 statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control that showed an increase in the number of U.S. women delivering babies via cesarean section for the sixth year in a row.
"The CDC said 26.1 percent of U.S. women delivered babies via cesarean in 2002, the highest ever reported in the United States. This marks a 7 percent increase from 2001. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cesarean rates above 15 percent represent a danger to women and babies."
The numbers come from the CDC--and are therefore totally unbiased. I think in order to view the data, you have to download it.
Here's an article on ICAN on the latest data from the CDC.