We always encourage the families that contact ICAN to ask questions of both their care providers and of the place in which they intend to birth.
- How often do you induce?
- What is your cesarean rate?
- How many VBACs does your practice attend?
While we hope that the doctor or representative will give accurate, up-to-date numbers, sometimes mothers will report back that they were given a very vague response:
Mother – “What is your cesarean rate? Why and at what point might you recommend a cesarean rate for me?”
Doctor – “We don’t keep track of that information… or We can’t tell you that information. But I only do a cesarean section when it’s needed.”
It can be difficult to find real numbers, but Kentucky’s data is published and available to the public. 2011’s data can be found here.
The screenshot below was taken on October 18, 2012, using the link above.
The data presented shows that all 4 Louisville hospitals (Clark Memorial in Indiana is not included in this data) have cesarean rates above 30%.
VBAC rates, however, fall anywhere from 3% of births to 17% within the city.
So what can you do with this information?
Use it to choose the hospital that best fits your desires for birth. Use it to double check the information you’re receiving. And share it with others.