C-Section Rates Cut In California

A campaign to reduce the use of Cesarean sections in California is bearing some fruit.

            According to an article recently published on the Health Affairs blog, the rate of first-time C-sections occurring at the end of low-risk pregnancies in California dropped from 28.3% in 2015 to 25.5% during the first half of 2017, a reduction of about 10%. The statewide C-section rate also dropped from 26.5% to 25.1%, a reduction of about 4%.

            The article attributes a $5 million campaign underwritten by the California Health Care Foundation to reduce the rate of C-sections.

            Children born by C-sections are at higher risk for include higher rates of infection, respiratory complications, and neonatal intensive care unit stays. Mothers are at higher risk of hemorrhage, infections, and blood clots.

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