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2013 Local Hospital Cesarean Rates

Posted by Andie Gunter on July 8, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Each year, the Indiana State Department of Health releases hospital discharge data for each hospital in the state.  This information can be used to find cesarean rates for hospitals.  Below are the rates for hospitals in and around Evansville. The 2013 hospital discharge data can be found here.

St.Mary's Medical Center, Evansville- C-sections: 601, Vaginal Births: 918, Total Births:1519, C-Section Rate...

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2011 Local Hospital Cesarean Rates

Posted by Andie Gunter on June 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

When moms are choosing a birth location, it is important for them to have access to intervention rates for those places.  Few hospitals provide public access to their cesarean rates.  However, the Indiana State Department of Health provides hospital discharge data for all hospitals in the state.  Cesarean rates can be calculated based on this information.  Below are the 2011 hospital rates for hospitals in and near Evansville. This is the most recent information released b...

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Evansville Area Birth Survey

Posted by Andie Gunter on October 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Evansville Birthnetwork has received a grant from Birthnetwork National to have an online survey asking local women about their maternity care experiences.  The survey is open to any woman who has given birth in the last three years within a 50 mile radius of Evansville, IN.  We hope to use the responses to help other women make informed decisions about their maternity care.  If you would like to take the survey, click here-

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No More Formula Packs

Posted by Andie Gunter on June 26, 2012 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (1)

The Indiana Perinatal Network has a goal that all hospitals in Indiana will discontinue the practice of handing out free infant formula discharge packs by the end of 2013.  All birthing hospitals have received letters asking them to stop this practice.  Studies have shown that mothers who receive the formula packs breastfeed for a shorter length of time than those who do not.  The Indiana Perinatal Network has provided

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Birth Options Class

Posted by Andie Gunter on May 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

On May 19th from 1-2:30pm, I will present a Birth Options Class at Little Ants, 1450 Bellemeade Ave.  Mothers/ couples who are expecting or planning to become pregnant can come learn about options they have in labor and birth.  I will be answering questions such as "How can I tell if my doctor or midwife is supportive of a low intervention birth?"  "Should I have a birth plan?"  and "What choices make having an unmedicated birth most likely?"  Having attended dozens o...

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Having a VBAC in Evansville

Posted by Andie Gunter on March 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If a mom has had a cesarean and is planning another birth, she has two options.  She can have a repeat cesarean or a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).  There are risks and benefits of both options.  The main risk of having a VBAC is uterine rupture.  Uterine rupture happens about .8% of the time during a VBAC.  Most uterine rupures are not dangerous- many aren't even noticed until a cesarean or other abdominal surgery is done.  But occasionally, a rupture can ...

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Delayed Cord Clamping

Posted by Andie Gunter on February 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

In most births, the baby's umbilical cord is clamped within seconds of being born.  Recently, this practice has been called into question.  There have been several studies that show benefits to waiting  even just a minute before clamping the cord.  More moms are beginning to ask for delayed cord clamping, and sometimes their doctors are not familiar with the benefits of it.

Nicholas Fogelson, an OB/GYN, has

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Indiana Hospital Cesarean Rates 2010

Posted by Andie Gunter on December 3, 2011 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Interested in knowing your hospital's cesarean rate?

The Indiana State Department of Health publishes yearly hospital discharge data.  The reports include information on each hospital stay for all kinds of conditions.  Although the reports are made public, they are in no way user friendly for the average person.  I have gone through the data using Microsoft Access and c...

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Kentucky Hospital Cesarean Rates 2010

Posted by Andie Gunter on November 15, 2011 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you live in Kentucky and want to know your local hospital's cesarean rate?  Looking for information on Kentucky hospitals' VBAC rates?

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services makes information on hospitals' quality indicators and rates of utilizations of certain procedures on its website.  This information includes number of cesareans performed, cesarean rates, VBAC rates, and cesarean rates for first time mothers.  To see the information o...

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Eating and Drinking in Labor

Posted by Andie Gunter on September 30, 2011 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Eating and drinking during labor can give a mother energy and keep her hydrated.  It also helps her avoid feelings of hunger and thirst, which keeps her more comfortable.  Many birth locations restrict moms from having anything more than ice chips.  But are these restrictions necessary?

Not allowing moms anything to eat or drink started in the days when most moms gave birth while unconscious- under twilight sleep.  When someone is unconscious, they can vo...

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