Cesarean Section rate for New York Hospitals

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Cesarean Rates in New York

Cesarean Rates in New York

Ever wonder what percentage rate your chosen hospital has for cesarean sections? I know I did. I was alarmed to find my hospital rate’s had gone up by 10% over 7 years! It seems that that trend is fairly common. The only two hospitals whose percentages have gone down are: Roosevelt Hospital (2.3%) in Manhattan and Victory Memorial in Brooklyn (1.8%) . When WHO experts advise a safe range for cesarean sections for industralized nations be 10-15% and most New York hospitals are between 20 and 40%, you have to wonder what we are doing wrong.

The chart is courtesy of Choices in Childbirth which is a non-profit organization that provides information about birth and options. They put out an essential guide: New York City Guide to a Healthy Birth that is available via PDF or FREE. I highly recommend it.

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  1. I just received the December e-newsletter from Childbirth Connection and they had this inside…
    “Talking About Maternity Care
    Know your facts when you discuss maternity care in the US. We have compiled a brief, new resource document called “United States Maternity Care Facts and Figures.” It details current statistics including the number of births, proportion of hospital care that is devoted to the care of pregnant women and babies, maternity outcomes such as preterm birth and low birthweight rates, as well as statistics about paying for maternity care. Sadly, many of the numbers are sobering. The 2007 cesarean rate of 31.8% marked the 11th consecutive year of increase and a record-level national rate. The rate of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) within childbirth related hospitalizations was 9.7% in 2006, a decline of 73% from 1997, when the VBAC rate was 35.3%. Learn more in United States Maternity Care Facts and Figures – December 2009 (http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10621&area=27).”
    Lots of interesting statistics.

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