Rixa, you don't seem the betting type. :)But put me down for 35%.
you know what's appalling? this quote:"Preliminary data from the 2008 calendar year showed that the total number of births decreased by 2 percent from 2007, while the cesarean rate rose for the twelfth year in a row." Less births, and the rate STILL rose. gag.
33% does seem a bit on the conservative side. I'd go for somewhere in between 34-36% for 2009. I'm hoping that mainstream awareness of the issue will help the number start to go down a smidge--or at least hold steady for 2010 instead of increasing.
Knowing and taking into consideration that this is a "national rate" here in sunny South Florida (Miami) we have a very large and "popular" hospital that boasts a 62% cesarean section rate as of 2009. I'll give you a minute to throw up...I feel the chunks starting to rise myself...bleh