RPW’s Low Cesarean Section Rates


 

Primary C-Section rate


2015

2016

2017

RPW rate

13.5%

10.9%

11.2%

National rate

21.5%

21.8%

21.9%

Illinois rate

20.8%

n/a

n/a

Elmhurst Hospital rate

18.2%

19.7%

17.6%

Total C-Section Rate


2015

2016

2017

RPW rate

22.1%

20.0%

20.2%

National rate

32.0%

31.9%

32.0%

Illinois rate

31.0%

31.1%

n/a

Elmhurst Hospital rate

28.3%

30.8%

27.0%


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.

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