C-section rate obscured at request of healthcare provider
January 16, 2012 1:38 PM Subscribe
How do you determine a hospital (and doctor's) c-section rates? Is there a database of this data available to the layperson? Do I just call all the local doctors? Send them a letter? Is there a state agency that would respond to this information request? Relevant states: South Carolina, North Carolina
posted by Kronur to health & fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not pregnant, but I'd like to be in the next year. I don't really have a doctor that I'm strongly attached to locally. (There are a lot of retirees in my area, and I think many of the locals specialize in elder care.) After researching birth options around here, I feel like I'm running out of resources. Hospital seems to be my only option.
Ok, I'm accepting this, but I'd still like to choose a provider that doesn't have a sky-high c-section rate. (After watching all the movies, I think that this number probably matters, at least to me.) How can I find this number for the hospital and doctors in my area? There are several lists by state, but none for mine. And to make it more complicated, I live .2 miles south of the state line, so I'd also like to compare providers in my neighboring state to the North. Googling has proven useless.
*I know there are a lot of what-ifs as to whether this will ever be relevant information to me, but let's just say I'm a planner.*