|Posted by transitionsbirth on November 15, 2011 at 10:50 PM|
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 on their website, go here:
It can be difficult to sift through all the data available on that website. It includes information on all types of condtions and procedures. So I have gathered some of the info parents and birth advocates may be interested in. I have taken the information for risk-adjusted cesarean rates, risk-adjusted VBAC rates and risk-adjusted cesarean rates for first time mothers and put them into an Excel spreadsheet. I also took the information from that website on the number of cesarean performed at each hospital and divided it by the number of births at each hospital (found here) to calculate the actual cesarean rate. I was curious how the actual rates and the risk-adjusted rates compared. For most hospitals, the risk-adjusted rates were 1-3% lower than the actual rates.
Kentucky Hospital Cesarean Rates 2010 (Excel Spreadsheet)
Some highlights from the data-
- Methodist Hospital in Henderson had a 43.4% cesarean rate and a 1.3% VBAC rate. 21.7% of first time moms gave birth by cesarean
- Owensboro Medical Health System Inc. had a 42.6% cesarean rate and a 1.5% VBAC rate. 23% of first time moms gave birth by cesarean.
- Regional Medical Center in Madisonville had a 40.8% cesarean rate and a 8.9% VBAC rate. 25.9% of first time moms gave birth by cesarean.
These statistics are a great reason to have a doula at your birth. Doulas lower a mother's chance of having a cesarean section and other interventions.