In 2022, WomanCare delivered a total of 956 babies, 509 of which that were delivered by our midwives. Out of those 956 births, 754 were delivered at Clark Memorial Hospital and the other 202 were delivered at the 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 total 2022 C-section rate was 24% of all births by WomanCare physicians and a 12% rate of Primary C-sections, with our Certified Nurse Midwives rate at 9%.
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 2022, WomanCare’s induction rate was 21% and our midwives’ rate was 14% 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 2022 was 43% and 28% 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 2022, WomanCare’s VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) success rate was 54% overall — and 100% for our midwives!