The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) has released a new report showing Oklahoma's Cesarean rates. Want to know how your hospital stacks up? Check it out here!
Over the last twenty years, the C-section rate has continued to steadily increase without any improvement in maternal or neonatal outcomes. OHCA publishes these rates in an effort to help lower cesareans that are not medically indicated.
Individual provider rates are published, however they are referred to with a confidential ID number, so the public does not know what numbers belong to what providers.
Hospital rates are also published. Overall C-section rates range anywhere from 16.7% at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center to 47.6% at Adair County HC Inc. The average rate is 30.2%. This is roughly 1 in 3 women.
Lastly, rates are published by region.
Rates like these are about average for the USA. Nationally, the rate is 32.2%. When compared nationally, United States rates are on the higher side.
Stay tuned for part two, how to lower your chances of a cesarean birth.
Miranda is a birth and postpartum doula serving the central Oklahoma area.