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.