Methods for Safe Reduction of Cesarean Section Rates

  • Norbert Gleicher
  • Richard H. Demir
  • Jeanne B. Novas
  • Stephen A. Myers
Part of the Clinical Perspectives in Obstetrics and Gynecology book series (CPOG)


This chapter is presented under the assumption that cesarean section rates in the United States should be reduced. An understanding of the reasons that lead obstetricians to perform cesarean sections should provide the necessary information needed to effect such a change in practice patterns Such a recommendation was already made by a National Consensus Development Conference in 1980, when the national rate was still below 17%.1 Since then, it has further increased at an annual rate of approximately 1% until a plateau of approximately 24% was reached in the early 1990s (Figure 11.1).2,3 Some physicians have nevertheless challenged the effort toward a reduction in cesarean section rates,4,5 and a level of general hesitance within the profession seems to remain.


Cesarean Section Vaginal Delivery Cesarean Delivery Genital Herpes Fetal Distress 
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  • Norbert Gleicher
  • Richard H. Demir
  • Jeanne B. Novas
  • Stephen A. Myers

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