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Live Births by Method of Delivery

The following table shows the Cesarean rate and the number of live births in the United States from 1989 to 2012 according to the method of delivery.

  All births Vaginal Cesarean Cesarean
rate
1989 3,798,734 2,793,463 826,955 22.8
1990 4,110,563 3,111,421 914,096 22.7
1995 3,899,589 3,063,724 806,722 20.8
2000 4,058,814 3,108,188 923,991 22.9
2002 4,021,726 2,958,423 1,043,846 26.1
2003 4,089,950 2,949,853 1,119,388 27.5
2004 4,112,052 2,903,341 1,190,210 29.1
2006 4,265,555 2,929,590 1,321,054 31.1
2009 4,130,665 2,764,285 1,353,572 32.9
2012 3,952,841 2,650,744 1,296,070 32.8
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports, Web: www.cdc.gov/nchs .

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