Are you planning a hospital birth in the San Francisco East Bay Area? Want to know what your chances of having a Cesarean are? The outcome of your birth could have a lot to do with the hospital you choose.

It’s important to look at, not just the overall percentage, but how many low-risk mom’s are walking into a hospital and having a cesarean delivery. The Uncomplicated Primary number represents women who have not previously had a cesarean section, and excludes Cesareans done due to abnormal presentation, preterm, fetal death, multiple gestation, and breech. While there are other reasons a Cesarean may be medically necessary, some of the numbers are shockingly high.

The World Health Organization no longer recommends a set percentage as what the optimal level is as there is no data to pinpoint that amount. However, there is mounting evidence that as the rates rise, the risks to mothers and babies increases.

“Interpretation of the relationship between CS rates and mortality in countries with low mortality rates is more ambiguous; nevertheless, the sum total of the evidence presented here supports the hypothesis that, as has been argued previously, when CS rates rise substantially above 15%, risks to reproductive health outcomes may begin to outweigh benefits”

Rates of caesarean section: analysis of global, regional and national estimates (Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 2007; 21:98–113.)

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Click the image for an expanded view of the Cesarean Rates for Alameda County Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, john Muir Medical Center – Walnut Creek, Kaiser – Antioch, Kaiser – Hayward, Kaiser – Oakland, Kaiser – Walnut Creek, Saint Rose Hospital, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Vallycare Medical Center, Washington Hospital – Fremont