UC Davis Medical Center has been honored with the 2017 achievement award for meeting or surpassing the federal target aimed at reducing the state’s low-risk, first-birth Cesarean section (C-section) rate by Smart Care California, a state health care coalition.
UC Davis Medical Center was one of 111 hospitals, who were recognized for achieving this goal. The 111 hospitals that made the Smart Care C-Section Honor Roll account for 45 percent of the 242 hospitals that offer maternity services in California.
“The decline in California’s rate for low-risk, first birth C-sections will lead to healthier babies and mothers,” said California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) secretary Diana Dooley. “Thanks to the hospitals and their staff for their hard work in achieving this measurable progress.”
To receive this award, a California hospital must have achieved a C-section rate of 23.9 percent or lower for low-risk, first-birth deliveries.
“We are proud to be part of the Smart Care C-section Honor Roll,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive office of UC Davis Medical Center. “Thank you to our physicians, nurses and members of our health care team for their strong commitment and for ensuring that we are providing the best quality care for mothers and babies in our region.”
While life-saving in some circumstances, unnecessary C-sections can pose serious risks to mothers – higher rates of hemorrhage, transfusions, infection and blood clots – and to babies – higher rates of infection, respiratory complications and neonatal intensive care unit stays.