RPW’s Low Cesarean Section Rates

Primary C-Section rate

National 2012 rate 21.5%
Illinois 2012 rate 20.8%
Elmhurst Hospital 2014 Peer rate    19.4%
Elmhurst Hospital 2014 rate 17.9%
RPW 2014 rate 13.2%

Total C-Section Rate

National 2013 rate 32.7%
Illinois 2012 rate (unavailable)
Elmhurst Hospital 2014 Peer rate    30.6%
Elmhurst Hospital 2014 rate 28.2%
RPW 2014 rate 21.9%


We continuously evaluate how we practice to ensure we provide the best care possible. One marker that is tracked is our Cesarean section (C-section) rates. A primary C-section rate is the number of patients that have their first C-section divided by the total number of patients that have never had a previous C-section. It is important to keep this number low because C-sections are associated with greater risks to both mother and baby. Also, mothers who have already had a C-section face greater risks in their next pregnancy. Some C-sections are unavoidable because of the baby's or mother's condition, including if the baby is not delivering head first or the placenta blocks the opening. Elmhurst Hospital's primary C-section rate is below the national average, but our primary C-section rate is 25% below Elmhurst Hospital's rate and more than 40% below our peers at Elmhurst.

The total C-section rate is the number of patients having their first C-section + the number of patients that are having greater than or equal to their 2nd C-secton and then dividing this by the total number of patients having a baby. Mothers who have had a prior C-section may opt to avoid trying to deliver vaginally with their next pregnancy and plan to have a C-section, or those mothers might try to deliver vaginally again but ultimately fail. We offer most mothers a chance to deliver vaginally after a C-section, if they so choose. Our total C-section rate is 22% below Elmhurst Hospital's rate, 28% below our peers at Elmhurst and 33% below the national rate.