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The relationship between cesarean delivery and gestational age among US singleton births.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18456071     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The increasing trend of delivering at earlier gestational ages has raised concerns of the impact on maternal and infant health. The delicate balance of the risks and benefits associated with continuing a pregnancy versus delivering early remains challenging. Among singleton live births in the United States, the proportion of preterm births increased from 9.7% to 10.7% between 1996 and 2004. The increase in singleton preterm births occurred primarily among those delivered by cesarean section, with the largest percentage increase in late preterm births. For all maternal racial/ethnic groups, singleton cesarean section rates increased for each gestational age group. Singleton cesarean section rates for non-Hispanic black women increased at a faster pace among all preterm gestational age groups compared with non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women. Further research is needed to understand the underlying reasons for the increase in cesarean section deliveries resulting in preterm birth.
Vani R Bettegowda; Todd Dias; Michael J Davidoff; Karla Damus; William M Callaghan; Joann R Petrini
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in perinatology     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0095-5108     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Perinatol     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-05     Completed Date:  2008-08-14     Revised Date:  2008-12-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501306     Medline TA:  Clin Perinatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  309-23, v-vi     Citation Subset:  IM    
Perinatal Data Center, National Office, March of Dimes Foundation, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Rate / trends
Cesarean Section / trends*
Choice Behavior
Continental Population Groups / statistics & numerical data
Gestational Age*
Premature Birth
United States

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