U.S. mothers: medical or health characteristics of birth 2018

This statistic shows the rate of selected medical or health characteristics experienced by mothers during pregnancy/births in the United States in 2018. In that year, 54.7 percent of all delivering mothers were overweight or obese.

Selected medical or health characteristics experienced by mothers during pregnancies/births in the United States in 2018

Percentage of all births
Infant was being breastfed at discharge**83.5%
Overweight or obese (BMI of 25.0 or over)54.7%
Cesarean delivery31.9%
CNM delivery*9.4%
Smoked during pregnancy6.5%
Prepregnancy diabetes0.9%
Pregnancy resulted from infertility treatment1.9%
Home births1%
Gestational diabetes6.7%
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Source

Release date

November 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Births delivered by certified nurse midwives.
** Excludes data for California, which did not report infant was being breastfed at discharge. Also excludes Michigan, for which item wording for Michigan is not consistent with national standard.

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