In 2003, the CDC began asking providers to provide additional information on birth certificates, with questions on risk factors, obstetric procedures, characteristics of labor and delivery, method of delivery, and congenital anomalies. This report is based on the additional birth data collected from birth certificates in 19 states since 2003.
This report is more of a snapshot of what is happening in pregnancy and birth care, and focuses less on trends. Among the findings:
- External cephalic version (ECV) to adjust fetal position was performed in 3.2 of every 1,000 births, and was considered successful about 73% of the time;
- 31.4% of births were by c-section; of the c-sections, about 20% had attempted a trial of labor;
- 59.9% of women received epidural or spinal analgesia;
- About 15% of women received antibiotics during labor.