US C-section rate drops for first time in decade

November 17, 2011 1:59:07 PM PST
For years, experts have complained about the continuing increase in the cesarean rate. Now, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention says those numbers are down for the first time in 10 years.

It was only a slight decrease from 32.9 percent in 2009 to 32.8 percent in 2010. But experts say it's further evidence that the increase in these births has leveled off.

The study also reported teen birth rates are down to a record low. In fact, it's the lowest rate ever recorded in almost 70 years, 34 births per 1000 teens.