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. Cesarean delivery rates in the U.S. continue to decline and were at 26% according to most recent CDC data . WomanCare’s C-section rate for women receiving a C-section after having one previously for 2018 was 9% of total deliveries, with our Certified Nurse Midwives rate at 5.4%.
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 2018, our midwives’ induction rate is 25%, while the national average is 24% according to the most recent CDC data.
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. Almost 60% of women in the U.S. receive an epidural, while WomanCare’s epidural rate in 2018 was down to 46% overall and only 40% for our midwives.
U.S. Epidural Rate
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. At WomanCare, our 2018 VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) success rate was 72% overall — and 73% for our midwives!