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Cesarian Sections, Natural Childbirth, Home Births, & Other Delivery Methods

In yet another case of having a kid changing everything, “Delivery Method” is no longer a question of, “Standard, 2-Day, or Prime Overnight.” It may surprise you to learn just how many options there are, especially since your take on the subject is probably something like, “Uh, whatever gets the kid out safely.” That’s not an incorrect take, by the way, just an uneducated one. The Centers For Disease Control hasmore data than you could ever get through (or should, unless you needall the details on forceps and vacuum extraction), but here are some highlights.

There Are A Lot Of Babies
A total of 3,988,076 births were registered in the United States in 2014, up 1 percent from 2013.

Vaginal Birth: Still The Champ
The way they did it in the old days is as popular as ever (although significantly more comfortable today). Nearly 2.7 million of the aforementioned births were delivered in this manner.

C-Section: Still #2
However, rates are declining. Births via cesarian sections spiked dramatically – by 60 percent – between 1996 and 2009, but have declined 2 straight years to 32.2 percent in 2014. Places like the American College Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists would like to see that frequency reduced even more.

Forceps And Vacuum Extraction Is … Unpopular
The delivery rate for this method is down more than 6.5 percent since 1990 to just 3.21 percent of all registered deliveries in 2014.

Home Isn’t Where The Delivery Is
Just 1.5 percent of deliveries happened somewhere besides a hospital in 2014, and of those 59,000 births, 38,094 (63.8 percent) occurred in a home; that number was actually the highest since 1989.

Bonus: You Can Stop Freaking Out
Instances of triplets have been in steady decline since 1998 and are currently at 119 per 100,000 births.