Don't Want a C-section? Avoid These 11 Hospitals

A new study says their Cesarean rates are well above national targets.

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We know the C-section rate is at an all-time high. And that's concerning, since having a Cesarean birth carries inherent risks for both mother and baby, and has even been linked to long-term, adverse health effects for children, including an increased chance they will be obese, and develop diabetes and asthma.

Of course, some C-sections are unavoidable and promise the best outcome for mother and child. That being said, it's often surmised that certain doctors and hospitals have become C-section happy, and may perform the procedures either prematurely or unnecessarily. By some estimates, as many as half of all C-sections could actually have been avoided!

Now a new report by Consumer Reports looks at the hospitals with the highest C-section rates in the country. And if you're trying to avoid a Cesarean birth, it's a list you really need to see.

Researchers looked at 1,200 U.S. hospitals, and say these are the 11 with Cesarean rates that far exceed the national target of 23.9 percent or lower, set by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report focused on first-time moms, who for all intents and purposes, should have been at a low risk of needing C-sections. As in, they didn't experience pregnancy complications, were expecting one baby, and that baby was not in a breech position.

Without further ado, here are the hospitals that perform the most C-sections in the nation, along with their individual rates:

  1. South Miami Hospital, Miami, Fla. - 53 percent
  2. Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, N.J. - 42 percent
  3. Covenant Medical Center, Lubbock, Texas - 42 percent
  4. Woman's Hospital of Texas, Houston, Texas - 41 percent
  5. Palmetto General Hospital, Hialeah, Fla. - 38 percent
  6. Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y. - 37 percent
  7. Las Palmas Medical Center, El Paso, Texas - 37 percent
  8. Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals, Memphis - 37 percent
  9. Baptist Hospital of Miami, Miami, Fla. - 36 percent
  10. Medical City Dallas Hospital, Dallas, Texas - 36 percent
  11. University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas - 36 percent

Go to the Consumer Reports site if you want to see the response of each hospital that made this list.

It's worth noting that no one is saying these hospitals are bad places to deliver your baby. But if you are concerned about your risk factors for having a C-section, talk to your doctor ahead of your delivery. Make sure you understand your chances for a Cesarean birth, and also know both your doctor's and hospital's policies regarding when C-sections are recommended and/or required.

Click here for advice on how to avoid a C-section.