Cesarean (C-section) delivery rate

A Cesarean delivery, commonly known as a C-section, refers to a surgical procedure to deliver a baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen.

Some cesarean sections are necessary to protect the health of the infant or mother.  There are currently no methods to evaluate the “right” number of C-sections for a population of patients.  Some expectant mothers discuss this rate with their obstetricians. 

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of surgical deliveries per 100 deliveries.

It does not include all surgical deliveries. For example, it excludes deliveries of multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) and infants who are in a breech (i.e. feet first) position.  

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 100)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 24
National Average 30
Performance Trend (Rate per 100)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 25 24 24 23 25 24 23 24
National Average 29.39 29.39 29.39 29.39 29.39 29.39 29.39 30
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, www.ahrq.gov