ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Which Metro East hospital has the highest—or lowest—rate of C-section deliveries?
Consumer Reports magazines’ first ever study on cesarean deliveries shows some hospitals are much more likely to perform the procedure than others.
In 22 states there were 1,500 hospitals that were studied. Missouri wasn’t one of those states, but Illinois was.
The national average for C-sections performed at a hospital was nearly 18 percent.
“When you ask the professionals, the obstetricians, themselves about it some of them will say, it is really the culture of the hospital,” says Doris Peter from Consumer Reports.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville had the lowest rate in the Metro East, which was 12 percent. Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City had the highest rate locally at 26 percent.
“If your goal is to now have a C-section, then there’s steps that you can take to help reduce that risk,” says Peters. “One step is to pick a hospital with a lower C-section rate, another would be to find a doctor and their propensity to perform it.”
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