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Percentage of U.S. hospitals meeting target C-section rates as of 2017

This statistic depicts the percentage of hospitals in the United States that are meeting or exceeding the nationally acceptable rate for Cesarean sections (c-section) among first-time, low-risk mothers as of 2017. According to the data, just 44 percent of U.S. hospitals are meeting the national target for c-sections. The current target for C-section births at U.S. hospitals to low-risk, first-time mothers is 23.9 percent. However, the actual average rate in the U.S., according to most recent data, is currently at 25.8 percent.

Percentage of U.S. hospitals that are meeting or are above the national Cesarean section target as of 2017*

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Release date

May 2017


United States

Survey time period

as of 2017

Supplementary notes

* Target is for first-time mothers-to-be who should be at low risk for a cesarean: pregnant women expecting just one child (not twins, triplets, or other multiples) and whose baby is full-term and is positioned head first—the position least likely to require a C-section.
The U.S. national C-section target for first-time mothers with low-risk deliveries is 23.9 percent.

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