So…it’s a start: for the first time in a decade, the C-section rate in the US declined from 2009 to 2010. Granted, it dropped from 32.9 to 32.8, but the more important thing is that it didn’t INCREASE.
When the rate jumped from 32.0 to 32.9 from 2008 to 2009, that equated to an increase of about 40,000 more Cesareans a year. That’s a pretty big number! So to see it not have a big jump again from 2009 to 2010 is great news!
So…let’s keep up the good work and keep getting it down–baby steps are better than none!
Jill “The Unnecesarean” Arnold sums up the report nicely here: US Cesarean Rate Drops…
And, she created a great tongue-in-cheek Photoshop to commemorate the event: Mission Accomplished!