Birthing Care Quality Measures

Cesarean (C-Section) Births

You’ll see a star rating for C-sections next to many birthing care centers in Find a Doctor.

quality stars for c-sections

While many C-section births are necessary, most experts agree that this procedure is often overused. It is a major surgical procedure that raises the risk of complications and death and requires a longer recovery for the mother compared to vaginal birth.

Obstetrical Trauma

You’ll see a star rating for obstetrical trauma next to many birthing care centers in Find a Doctor.

quality stars for c-sections

Obstetrical trauma refers to the rate of significant tearing during vaginal birth compared to national averages. Tearing can cause long-term problems for the mother, including incontinence, and can require further surgical repair.

Data Limitations

Measuring hospital quality and costs is complicated. While we take great care to ensure that the results are as accurate as possible, there are factors that can impact a hospital’s results which may not be related to the care they provide.

Quality measures reflect the care provided to patients overall in a given time period. Your experience may be different when you go to the hospital – a positive rating in this report does not guarantee a positive outcome for you; nor does a negative rating mean that you will have a poor result.

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