Rochester area hospital cesarean section and VBAC rates 2009-
Lakeside Memorial: Cesarean rate of 28.8%. VBAC rate of 9.5%
Rochester General: Cesarean rate of 34%. VBAC rate of 1.2%
Highland Hospital: Cesarean rate of 27.2%. VBAC rate of 18%
Strong Memorial Hospital: Cesarean rate of 37.1%. VBAC rate of 12.9%
Unity Hospital: Cesarean rate of 31%. VBAC rate of 11.8%
New York State Cesarean Section rate from 2009 was 34.8%, and the US total Cesarean Section rate for 2010 was right around 33%.
The World Health Organization (WHO, 2009) warns against total cesarean rates higher than 15% and indicates that at least half of American cesareans could be unnecessary.
Per the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG, 2010), VBAC is a “safe and appropriate choice for most women” with one prior cesarean and for “some women” with two prior cesareans. Being pregnant with twins, going over 40 weeks, having an unknown or low vertical scar, or suspecting a “big baby” should not prevent a woman from planning a VBAC (ACOG, 2010). (via vbacfacts.com)
VBAC is successful 75% of the time (Coassolo, 2005; Huang, 2002; Landon, 2004; Landon, 2006; Macones, 2005). Successful VBACs have lower complication rates than planned repeat cesareans which have lower complication rates than “failed” VBACs (Landon, 2004), otherwise known as cesarean birth after cesarean or CBAC. (via vbacfacts.com)