Cesarean (C-section), primary
A Cesarean delivery, commonly known as a C-section, refers to a surgical procedure to deliver a baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen. The first time a woman has a c-section procedure, it is referred to as a primary c-section.
Some cesarean sections are necessary to protect the health of the infant or mother. There are currently no methods to evaluate the “right” number of C-sections for a population of patients. Some expectant mothers discuss this rate with their obstetricians.
About this measure
This measure tracks the number of primary c-section deliveries per 100 deliveries. It does not include all surgical deliveries. For example, it excludes deliveries of multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.), infants who are in a breech (i.e. feet first) position or surgical deliveries counted in other categories.