Why is the primary cesarean delivery rate important?
Cesarean delivery is associated with longer hospital stays and other complications for both you and your baby. Preventing avoidable first cesarean deliveries could mean fewer complications for mothers and babies. This means shorter hospital stays, shorter recovery times, and a lower overall cesarean delivery rate. These are all things that can lead to lower costs for patients and for healthcare as a whole.
What does the primary cesarean delivery rate measure?
This is the percentage of women delivered by cesarean who have never had a cesarean before. Experts have not yet agreed on a specific goal for this rate. We work at reducing this rate while always providing the safest possible care for mothers and babies.
What can you do as a patient?
Consider participating in childbirth classes and other offerings through Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women. You can also read what The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has to say about cesarean birth here.