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Births Involving Cesarean Section and Induction of Labor Among Women, 1990–2007

From 1990 to 2007, as a percentage of live births:

  • Cesarean sections births increased steadily, particularly between 2000 and 2007.
  • Induction of labor steadily increased.

Births Involving Cesarean Section and Induction of Labor Among Women, 1990–2007
Year Percent of Live Births
Cesarean Section Induction of Labor

Source II.19, II.20: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System

1990 22.7 9.5
2007 31.8 22.8

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