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Cesarean (C-section) delivery rate

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.

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 surgical deliveries per 100 deliveries.

It does not include all surgical deliveries. For example, it excludes deliveries of multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) and infants who are in a breech (i.e. feet first) position.

The source of data for NMH is Vizient. The source of benchmark data is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.