Here's a quote from the article, and you can go here to read the whole thing:
'Cesarean delivery rates can vary widely even among hospitals located near one another. ...
"This variation is a critical point in our analysis because there is a big, important take-away for moms. You cannot afford not to know the track record of the hospital where you're delivering," Doris Peter, PhD, director, Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, said in a statement.'
So we have pulled together some rates for area hospitals to help you find the best place for your birth.
First: here is a chart of total c-section rates for Birmingham hospitals in 2013. This information comes from the web site www.CesareanRates.com. Note that the bars with the black outline are for hospitals where MANY babies are born each year, over 3000. Note too that Cooper Green stopped doing births in 2011, so this rate is old. I include it here because Cooper Green, when women had babies there, was serving people with the LEAST prenatal care and health coverage, and still had a lower section rate than hospitals serving large populations. So when people say that the reason for high section rates is the health of the people giving birth at their hospital, or because the women they serve don't get prenatal care, the rate from Cooper Green shows this is not a good explanation.
We also have some data from UAB hospital:
The bar on the left (2013) comes from www.CesareanRates.com. The 2015 and 2016 data are from a personal communication from an OB at UAB (Dr. Biggio). These are all for ALL c-sections. They have improved their rates a lot too, but using different strategies than what Dr. Cooper has done at Princeton.
The c-section rate at Brookwood Hospital in 2013 was 43.8% (according to www.CesareanRates.com). But they too, are working hard to reduce their section rates. Here is what they have accomplished, as communicated to me by Brookwood Hospital administration. And I quote:
- “Brookwood Baptist Medical Center is committed to continual improvement in lowering C-section rates. Our interdisciplinary team of obstetricians and nurses work collaboratively on strategies to support vaginal birth. When comparing our 2016 data to the 2013 published data we demonstrated a 7.39% reduction in our total C-section rate and a 9.8% reduction in our primary rate. We are very proud that 78.9% of our mothers, who attempted a vaginal birth after a previous C-section were successful. Helping our mothers who desire to achieve a successful vaginal birth is at the heart of our mission.”
The rate they quote for successful vaginal births after c-sections is comparable to what the research suggests is possible (70-80%).
Those are all the numbers I have to share with you. Talk to your doula about how to avoid a c-section when it isn't necessary. And choose your hospital and care provider with CARE!
When a c-section is necessary, here are some photos of family friendly practices!!