Do you know what the biggest risk factor is for having a C-section that you don’t need? It’s the hospital and healthcare providers you use. One out of every two C-sections could be avoided.
No matter which hospital you’ll deliver at, talk to your doctor, nurse, or midwife at your pre-natal appointments. Let them know that you only want a C-section if it’s absolutely needed.
It’s your birth. Before you go into labor, make sure the people who will be with you in the hospital know that you only want a C-section if it’s absolutely needed. Consider having extra support or advocacy help with you while you’re in the hospital. This could mean bringing a doula or a trusted friend or family member with you.
Learn more below about the hospitals where you live, including how often they perform C-sections.
Live in California? Use these links to see how your hospital’s C-section rates compare to other hospitals.
• Cal Hospital Compare
• Yelp (search for your hospital to see its C-section rates in Yelp’s Maternity Care Data table)
• California C-Section Hospital Honor Roll List (search for your hospital to see if it's one of the hospitals in California with a lower C-section rate)
Live outside of California? Check here to see how your hospital’s C-section rates compare to others in your area. (Sort by “maternity care.”)