A Look At The Statistics On Pregnancy And Birth Procedures

There are nearly four million births each year in the United States. So how many people end up having c-sections, episiotomies, ultrasounds, amnios and other obstetrical procedures? Come take a look at the numbers -- and graphical representations -- from 1998, the most recent year for which complete data is available.
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Where symbols are used, all numbers are rounded

Total number of births annually: 3,941,553
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Labor & delivery procedures:

Induced Labors
Number performed annually: 630,676
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Cesarean Sections
Number performed annually: 825,870
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Episiotomies
Number performed annually: 1.2 million
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Artificial Rupture of Membranes
Number performed annually: 815,000
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Electric Fetal Monitoring
Number performed annually: 3.2 million
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Prenatal tests:

Amniocentesis
Number performed annually: 112,776
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Ultrasounds
Number performed annually: 2.5 million
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