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Low-Risk Cesarean Deliveries by Year, New Jersey and the United States, 1990 to 2022

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Why Is This Important?

Compared to vaginal deliveries, cesareans carry an increased risk of infection, blood clots, longer recovery, and difficulty with future pregnancies.


The low-risk cesarean delivery rate is the percentage of cesarean deliveries among '''n'''ulliparous (first birth), '''t'''erm (37 completed weeks or more, based on the obstetric estimate), '''s'''ingleton (one fetus), '''v'''ertex (head first) births, sometimes referred to as NTSV births.

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective MCH-14. Confidence intervals are not available for U.S. data.

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How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of cesarean deliveries among nulliparous, full-term, singleton, vertex presentation (NTSV) births
  • Denominator:

    Total number of nulliparous, full-term, singleton, vertex presentation (NTSV) births

Related Health Objectives and Indicators

  • Health Initiative: HNJ2020

    Healthy NJ 2020 Objective MCH-14

    NJ Target: Reduce cesarean births among low-risk (nulliparous, full-term, singleton, vertex presentation) women to 27.9 percent for the total population, 30.3% for Asians, 29.3% for Blacks, 27.6% for Hispanics, and 27.0% for Whites by 2020

Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:

Health Topic Pages Related to: Cesarean Deliveries among Low Risk Women

Indicator Data Last Updated On 04/09/2024, Published on 05/15/2024
Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360, e-mail: (