Local Hospitals Acknowledged For Their Work To Lower C-Section Rates
The San Diego facilities are taking steps, like allowing more time for the labor to progress, to reduce the number of women who have to undergo the procedure in an effort to meet federal guidelines.
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Four San Diego County Hospitals Make C-Section Honor Roll
Four local hospitals have met or surpassed a federal goal for reducing unnecessary Caesarean births. That accomplishment has placed them on Smart Care California's C-section honor roll. The hospitals are Scripps Memorial, Scripps Encinitas, Tri-City Medical Center and Sharp Grossmont. The c-section rate in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the last decade. Nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32 percent of babies are born by C-section. The federal government has set a goal of reducing C-section rates for low-risk, first-births to 23.9 percent. (Goldberg, 1/23)