In 2020, WomanCare delivered a total of 892 babies. Our midwives alone delivered 380 babies — 264 in the hospital and 126 in our Tree of Life Family 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 2020 C-section rate was 29% of all births by WomanCare physicians and a 14% rate of Primary C-sections, with our Certified Nurse Midwives rate at 4.2%.
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 2020, WomanCare’s induction rate was 29% and our midwives’ rate was 23% of hospital births.
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 2020 was 57% overall and 49% of hospital births 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 2020, WomanCare’s VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) success rate was 86% overall — and 100% for our midwives!