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Map created by reader Jessica Turon.
2007 U.S. Cesarean Rate Posts:
Cesarean Delivery Rates by State, 2007
Map of Cesarean Delivery Rates by State, 2007
C-Section Rate Rises: 2007 U.S. Cesarean Rate Hit 31.8 Percent
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Holy crap. The LOWEST rates are in the 22-25% range?
Hi Jessica, if you read this, wondering what program you used to create the map. Great map, btw. Thanks! Lulu
Oh also, it would be killer (no pun intended) to do an overlay map(s) of maternal and/or infant mortality on top of the red (using a dot pattern of increasing density, perhaps...).
I find it very interesting that the rates seem to be highest in the poorest and also the richest states. It makes sense, really. Poor women are told they can't give birth vaginally, while more well-off women are told they shouldn't have to.
I want to see in addition to this map, a map showing primary cesarean rates, and another map showing secondary cesarean rates. Then this one with both combined. Then we can see where doctors are taking child-"birthing" and where hospitals are enforcing the "cut".
I sure wish I knew where the hospitals were in Georgia that have that *low* a c-sec rate.
Interesting! I'd also like to see the age ranges of the mothers. Possibly, some of the less wealthy are very young and the more wealthy are of advanced maternal age?
Sorry to see that my state, Oklahoma, is in the higher rates...that has a lot to due with the insurance-forced "ban" on VBACs that took place in the 2000s...glad to say that the choices for VBACs are increasing, but no where near where they should be!
Lulu,I actually just did the math and then used Paint to fill in a map image I found ... I searched a little for a web utility that could do this but didn't find one in time. Just now though I found this: http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/ which can do it, but isn't very customizable. Still, better than by hand - anyone want to put together some of the mentioned maps?