Looking for Hospital Cesarean Rates is a Snipe Hunt

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By Jill

The task of gathering information on hospital cesarean rates that is available to the consumer is a fool’s errand. The data is either not reported at all or it’s already risk-adjusted, often without a clear definition of what they’ve adjusted for, meaning that we’re all comparing apples to oranges to some mysterious fruit that no one has ever heard of.

It’s realistic for ALL states to report raw data from 2008 and possibly 2009 at this point. One state reports nothing on cesareans at all but you can find an updated accounting of every abortion performed until 2008. Most states have at least some mention of cesarean rates but the data is from 2004 or earlier. And that helps a woman who gets pregnant today… how?

The cesarean section is now the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. The lack of information available to the consumer about each hospital’s use of the procedure is appalling.