In 2019, WomanCare delivered 711 babies out of the 1305 births delivered by Clark Memorial Hospital. Our Certified Nurse Midwives delivered 273 of those at Clark Memorial Hospital and 54 at the Tree of Life Birth Center.
Sometimes Cesarean section is necessary to avoid complications during labor and delivery. But natural birth is recommended whenever possible for the health of both mother and baby. WomanCare’s C-section rate for women receiving a C-section after having one previously for 2019 was 27% of total deliveries, with our Certified Nurse Midwives rate at 3%.
Induction should only be performed for medical reasons or emergencies concerning mom and/or baby, and not for convenience. At WomanCare, labor induction is used to stimulate contractions before labor begins on its own and is performed when health risks are present for mom and/or baby. In 2019, WomanCare’s induction rate was 19% and our midwives’ rate was 17%.
At WomanCare, we’re making an effort to reduce the number of mothers who receive an epidural, as this pain relief method can increase the risk of several complications for mom and baby. WomanCare’s epidural rate in 2019 was down to 45% overall and only 32% for our midwives.
WomanCare Epidural Rate
WomanCare Midwives Epidural Rate
VBAC Success Rate
Natural, vaginal birth is still possible for moms who have previously had a c-section. Research shows that about 60% to 80% percent of women who attempt a trial of labor after cesarean have a successful vaginal delivery. In 2019, WomanCare’s VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) success rate was 71% overall — and 100% for our midwives!