In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month. I would like to highlight the importance of choosing your birth location carefully.
In this specific case I am talking about choosing between two hospitals. There are differences in hospitals and their policies and it can have a big impact on avoiding a cesarean!
I actually have quite a few hospitals that moms can birth at in my area.
But to simplify things, I am going to look at just 2: Hoag and Saddleback.
I would say they service the same type of women. Middle – Upper Class Orange County Moms.
They are both nice/comparable facilities. Here are the most obvious differences a mom would notice on the tour.
Hoag might “look prettier” and they get a steak dinner the night after the birth.
Saddleback has Telemetric monitoring, so a mom can walk the halls and get in the tub and still be monitored.
But the biggest differences lie in their cesarean rates from 2008.
Hoag’s cesarean rate is 37% and Saddleback’s cesarean rate is 30%
Interesting enough I just got something in the mail from Hoag about the courses they offer.
What Women Should Know About Elective C-Sections
Saddleback not surprisingly has a
Their VBAC rates from 2007 is not surprising.
Hoag’s VBAC rate is 3.7% Saddleback’s VBAC rate is 15.9%
Needless to say, when a mom asks me where the best place to birth is, I recommend Saddleback. I share the statistics and the experiences I have had as a doula and from the birth stories I have heard my students share.
Tomorrow I will share the Tale of Two Moms. 1 birthed at Saddleback and 1 birthed at Hoag.