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Cesarean Section (C-section) Births

Rhode Island Numbers

  • The statewide rate of Cesarean section births has increased from 26.3% in 2002 to 31.7% in 2013

Definitions from the National Center for Health Statistics
VBACs: Vaginal births after cesarean section deliveries
Primary C/sec rate: Number of primary cesarean deliveries divided by the Total number of deliveries minus number of previous cesarean deliveries (including VBACs)
Repeat C/sec Rate: Number of repeat cesarean deliveries divided by Total number of repeat cesarean plus VBACs deliveries
Total C/sec rate: Number of cesarean deliveries (repeat and primary) divided by Total number of deliveries