So the hospital at which I would be giving birth if I were not having a home birth (and the hospital at which my first four babies were born) has a 35.3% c-section rate.
that's so scary! I checked NY and NJ and there weren't even any hospitals with lower than 14% c/s rate! insane
Wow--that is great information for women to be armed with. Thanks for sharing!!!
I guess my hospital is a "good" one-- with only a 27% c-section rate--lol.
Happy to be planning another homebirth.
28.7% at the hospital I am delivering at... 1155 cesarean births last year. Wow...
Yikes, some of those numbers are downright scary! Five hospitals in CA are over 50%! Of course, four of those have banned VBAC so that alone has to make up a significant number, but still...
Although I'm curious how these numbers would look if high risk and multiples births were removed? I mentioned to someone in a PM that her chosen hospital is the region's high risk center, anyone with complications or carrying more than twins is sent to that hospital, so it has a higher c/s rate while other hospitals around it have a lower rate. I also don't think it's a coincidence that hospitals in areas with a low socio-economic standing have higher c/s rates; it would be interesting to find out if that's because the moms can't afford prenatal care & show up in labor with complications, or if it's because they can bill MediCal for the birth.
I saw this the other day when someone pinned it on Pinterest. It's very shocking to see some of those numbers and the discrepancies between hospitals! The hospital where I will be giving birth has a 15% c/s rate, lower than a lot of those on the list, but still seems too high.
I do agree that high risk centers have more c/s for a reason, but it still doesn't explain why rates are so high across the board. My state doesn't give out hospital-specific stats, apparently, but my county is at 27%...sheesh. Glad to see at least that all the hospitals in this city are VBAC-friendly.
I've seen this before too. Many of those numbers are crazy high. The hospital I'm thinking of going with is at 24% and the one right down the street from my house is at 31% and also totally bans VBACs.
Wow! my hospital didn't release numbers but one in my state is 39.5%, but they also ban VBACs. Overall state is 33%. That's terrible!
I was discussing this with a friend of mine and her husband's family is all from Brazil. Apparently in Brazil, the c/s rate is over 80%!!! Her sister-in-law had to actually MOVE to find a doctor (probably a midwife, I don't remember the exact details) who would do a natural delivery for her. Apparently in Brazil, the doctors will not accept natural births because with a c/s, they can just schedule however many c/s deliveries at certain times into their workday and go home at the end of the day. That just amazed me. Also put things into a little perspective because even though we have some high percentages (in our standards) at our hospitals, at least we are allowed to write our own birth plans and go in expecting a natural birth.
The other thing I have noticed in my circle of "live" friends is that most women think I am crazy for wanting a completely chemical free natural childbirth. I have had people tell me that c/s are "so easy!" and others that they got the epidural the first opportunity they had. It is just a shame that so many people have no clue!!! Women, we are strong!! We are created to birth babies!! It is just so odd to me that so many women simply believe they cannot do it and therefore don't even try.
Anyway... stepping off soapbox now!!!
The one I had my boys at was 20.2% and the one I had my girls at was 26.2%.....not surprised at all with either one of those stats actually. The hospital I had the girls at was a bigger hospital with a nicu and the hospital I had the boys at is known for being more natural birth friendly (also a baby friendly hospital).
Apparently in Brazil, the doctors will not accept natural births because with a c/s, they can just schedule however many c/s deliveries at certain times into their workday and go home at the end of the day. That just amazed me.
This is actually one of the reasons why I like Kaiser. I have two IRL friends who are doctors at Kaiser, and they love that they can practice medicine *and* they can also actually have a life. They go to work, and they come home when their shift is over. They do work a few evenings & overnights, but those shifts are scheduled, not overtime after a regular office day. My friend who is an OB loves that she never has to stay late because someone is in labor, never has to cancel prenatals because someone's in labor, and she's never tempted to push a c/s because she wanted to be somewhere else. Of course I tell everyone delivering at Kaiser to have a doula or other awesome support person, but I'm happy to know that my doctors are happy & wide awake.
Of course I tell everyone delivering at Kaiser to have a doula or other awesome support person, but I'm happy to know that my doctors are happy & wide awake.
This definitely puts things in a great perspective for me! Thank you!
I taught with a woman in Angola who was married to a Brazilian (she's American), and when she got pregnant, she went right along with it . She scheduled her c-section (she was on mat leave in Brazil, no one delivered in Angola), and just talked about how easy it made it since her husband would be flying home for the birth, this way they didn't have to worry about him missing it. Easy!
I'm due June 6, and Joel doesn't fly into the country until May 26, and I'm just looking at it like an adventure. It'll be so exciting to see if I can convince baby to wait for his/her daddy to be born.
The two hospitals in my current area have the lowest rates in WA state, so they are doing something right! We are getting ready to move to Oklahoma City, and the rates are worse there.
We are getting ready to move to Oklahoma City, and the rates are worse there.
After reading the previous post and then yours, the first thought that came to my head was: "Thank goodness you are not moving to Brazil!"
Interesting and TFS!
I think there are a LOT of factors that play into this. The hospital where I ultimately delivered DS has a 40% rate! Portland has like 7 major hospitals total, and they are one of TWO awesome NICUs in the area. However, Emmanuel's cultivated a relationship with the two major freestanding birth centers in the area (and direct-entry midwifery is HUGE in Portland). Both centers, which see several hundred women per year EACH, transfer all their cases to Emmanuel when necessary. My original birth center's transfer rate was over 50% over the last couple months (totally separate and concerning), so there are a LOT of women with cases that are high risk enough to require transfer of care who are there just for a CS . Even though my "natural birth" went far off the tracks and I labored under an induction for 43 hours in one of their rooms, I never felt like the staff at Emmanuel were pushy about C-secs.
This is probably a fairly isolated data point, but I thought it was really interesting