GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Nearly a dozen Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) partner hospitals were included on a list recently released by the California Health and Human Services Agency of hospitals in that state that have successfully reduced their cesarean section (C-section) rates.
According to the Agency, 104 California hospitals "have met or surpassed a federal goal aimed at reducing C-section births for first-time moms with low-risk pregnancies." In its Healthy People 2020 initiative, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeks to reduce nationwide C-section rates for low-risk, first-time births to 23.9 percent.
"Unnecessary C-section surgeries not only needlessly introduce medical risk to healthy mothers and babies, they also tend to be more expensive than natural deliveries," said OBHG Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Mark Simon. "In addition, recovery from these surgeries takes much longer."
Nationwide, the average C-section rate currently is about 1 in every 3 deliveries. One in 6 U.S. hospitals has a C-section rate that is higher than 33%. Rates vary significantly among hospitals (from as low as 11% to as high as 53%), even among those in the same community. Differences in practice patterns may explain some of the variation.
"Because our OB hospitalists are on-site 24/7 to manage labor without time constraints, they can help facilitate natural progression of labor in low-risk cases," Dr. Simon said. "Furthermore, our physicians follow standardized, evidenced-based clinical practices under a general policy of non-intervention in uncomplicated pregnancies. As a result, OBHG is able to keep its NTSV C-section rates low — averaging 18%."
"This favorable news out of California reminds me of the efficacy of our clinical culture and practice model," said OBHG Chief Executive Officer Lenny Castiglione. "I am extremely proud of the OBHG partner hospitals that appeared on this list. It reinforces our collective commitment to delivering the highest quality of care while elevating the standard of women's healthcare."
About Ob Hospitalist Group
For 10 years, Ob Hospitalist Group has led the nation in elevating the quality and safety of women's healthcare by providing 24/7 Board Certified physicians who deliver real-time triage and hospital-based obstetric coverage to ensure consistent, timely care for patients as well as affordable, non-competitive support for local OB/GYN physicians. Headquartered in Greenville, SC, OBHG's national network includes over 500 dedicated OB hospitalists in 100 partner hospitals across 27 states. Learn more at www.OBHG.com.
 Low-risk, or Nulliparous (first-time mother), Term (37 or more weeks of gestation), Singleton (one baby), Vertex (head first).
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