Table 1Delivery stays with and without complicating conditions*, 2009

Vaginal deliveriesCesarean section deliveries
With complicating conditionsWithout complicating conditions
 Total number of discharges2,485,700237,1001,373,300
 (Percentage of all childbirth stays)60.7%5.8%33.5%
Rate per 1,000 population140.13.822.1
 Mean length of stay, days2.21.93.5
 Mean hospital costs$3,200$2,600$5,300
 Aggregate costs (billions)$8.0$0.6$7.3
 Mean age, years27.125.328.6
Health insurance (percentage distribution)
 Medicare0.50.50.6
 Medicaid44.456.341.6
 Uninsured4.44.53.3
 Private insurance47.936.051.8
 Other2.62.52.4

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2009

*

Complicating conditions include all conditions that are categorized as complications of pregnancy, delivery, or the puerperium based on ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes.

Excludes 1,300 C-section deliveries for which no complicating conditions were indicated on the record.

1

Females ages 15 to 44.

Note: Counts of hospital stays are based on all-listed diagnoses, but each stay is counted only once.

From: Complicating Conditions of Vaginal Deliveries and Cesarean Sections, 2009

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