– Percentage of cesarean births in the US in 1965: 4.5% vs present day: 31%

– Cesareans account for 45% of all delivery costs. The cost of an uncomplicated cesarean for insured patients averages $13,000. More than twice as much as a vaginal births.

– The US leads other developed nations in numbers of cesareans. But rates lower on infant mortality and birth weight statistics.

– The maternal death rate began to rise in 2002.

– The typical newborn is delivered at 39 weeks vs the full 40 weeks.

– In California, cesareans account for a range of 16% to 62% of all births.

– The World Health Organization recommends cesareans not go over 15% of all births.

So… guess what’s the no brainer here?

VIA LA Times