C-Section Rates Vary Significantly by Hospital

the MPR take:

C-section rates have increased from 5% in 1979 to 33% in 2012, but a new Consumer Reports study shows that these percentages can be dramatically different among hospitals – even among neighboring ones. Using public billing records from over 1,500 hospitals in 22 states, they found that rates ranged from a low of 5% up to a high of 57%. The data did not include patient information on chronic diseases, which could contribute to a higher risk for C-section, but because nearby hospitals had varying rates, the rates are likely due to hospital culture rather than patient populations.

C-Section Rates Vary Significantly by Hospital
C-Section Rates Vary Significantly by Hospital

There's no denying that rates of C-sections have skyrocketed over the past few decades, owing to a combination of convenience for moms, who may want more control over when she delivers, to malpractice concerns, which may drive doctors toward the surgery rather than risk potential complications ...

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