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Research Letter
January 7, 2020

Trends in Cesarean Delivery Rates in China, 2008-2018

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute of Reproductive and Child Health, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China
  • 2Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, New York, New York
JAMA. 2020;323(1):89-91. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.17595

Inappropriate cesarean delivery rates pose a risk to the health of women and infants. In 2014, the cesarean delivery rate in China was 34.9%, with geographic variation ranging from greater than 60% in some supercities to less than 10% in some rural areas.1

During the past decade, China has implemented many local, regional, and national efforts to decrease cesarean delivery rates.1-4 It also has continued to improve health services in rural areas.