CMQCC efforts to reduce primary cesarean in the New York Times

What’s likely to be the biggest influence on whether you will have a C-section?

  • (A) Your personal wishes.
  • (B) Your choice of hospital.
  • (C) Your baby’s weight.
  • (D) Your baby’s heart rate in labor.
  • (E) The progress of your labor.

The answer is B. In California, for example, hospitals’ rates for cesarean sections performed in low-risk births range from 11.2 per cent to 68.8 per cent. The rest of the factors do influence the decision. But the hospital determines how these factors are treated.