Hospital C-Section Honor Roll, 2020

In collaboration with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) and, OSHPD’s 2020 C-section (Cesarean) Honor Roll data visualization gives an overview of the 211 hospitals that offer maternity services in California with stars indicating the 141 hospitals named to the 2020 C-section Honor Roll. Of these 141 hospitals, 52 have achieved Honor Roll status five years running. All ratings are based on prior year’s data.

The hospitals earning C-section Honor Roll status have met or surpassed the target of reducing C-section rates for low-risk, first-births to 23.9 percent.

According to the California Health and Human Services Agency, evidence suggests that the chance of having a C-section delivery largely depends on aspects such as where a woman delivers and the practice patterns of her obstetric care team. Even for low-risk, first-birth pregnancies, huge variations are noted in rates of C-sections at individual hospitals.

Overuse of C-sections matters. For mothers, it can result in higher rates of complications like hemorrhage, transfusions, infection, and blood clots. Once a mother has had a C-section, she has a greater than 90 percent chance of having one again for subsequent births, leading to higher risks of additional major complications. The surgery also brings risks for babies, including higher rates of infection, respiratory complications, and neonatal intensive care unit stays.

Data and Resources

California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC)

My Birth Matters – An educational campaign aimed at informing expectant mothers about cesarean delivery.

Additional Information

Topic:   Cesarean (C-section) Honor Roll, Maternity Care
Temporal Coverage:   2017 – 2019
Spatial/Geographic Coverage:   Statewide
Geographic Granularity:  Zip Code
Frequency:   Annually
Source Link:  Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development: Patient Discharge Data
Citation:   2020 C-Section Honor Roll,; Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD): Patient Discharge Data. All ratings are based on prior year data.