Northwestern Memorial Hospital Recognized by Consumer Reports for Low C-Section Rates
By Kara SpakNews April 22, 2016
The hospital achieved a 17 percent C-section rate for its lowest-risk patients; the average in the Consumer Reports survey nationally was 26 percent. Northwestern was one of only three in the Chicago area to receive the top rating and was the only Chicago-area academic medical center to do so.
“We see more than 12,000 births each year at Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital and our goal for every one of them is the same — a healthy mother and healthy baby or babies,” said Alan Peaceman, MD, chief of the division of obstetrics and gynecology-maternal fetal medicine. “C-sections sometimes are the safest option for birth but we have been making a concerted effort, in line with national guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, to keep C-section rates low for patients who are low-risk.”
Consumer Reports found that of the 13 hospitals in the Chicago area publicly reporting their data on C-sections, C-section rates ranged from 13.8 percent to 31.1 percent. Nationally in the Consumer Reports survey, hospitals reported a range from 9 percent to 68 percent.
Learn more about Prentice Women’s Hospital, the highest volume maternity hospital in Illinois here.