I'm very proud of my students -- however their births went, because they made the best, safest choices possible.
So, because I think consumers should have access to honest and transparent data in order to make good decisions, I'm doing something very unusual here: sharing my stats.
As of January, 2016, counting 194 mothers, here they are:
How many labors were induced?
Only 6 had their labor induced.
The usual rate of induction in this country is 25%. (An induction rate of 25% is NOT normal elsewhere in the world, and a high rate is not safe.)
Who caught the baby?
An Obstetrician 38%of the births,
a Certified Nurse Midwife 36% of the time,
a Licensed Midwife 7% (home births generally),
and 2 Dads (and they handled it beautifully!)
The remaining births were attended by combinations of these HCP (Health Care Providers).
Where was the baby born?
91% of them were in a hospital,
1% in a birth center, and
8% at home.
And now, a drum roll, please................
Were these births vaginal or surgical?
Vaginal rate is 81% and
Cesarean rate is 19%.
How many of my students used drugs during labor?
19% had drugs (of course) during C-section surgery.
19% used drugs during labor, but still had vaginal births.
62% used no drugs at all, having completely unmedicated, normal births.
I'm working hard to help couples have wonderful, safe, joyful births, and to avoid C-sections. Choose your doctor or midwife carefully; there's only so much I can do! Consider carefully where you want to give birth. My goal is to get my students' C-section rate down to the World Health Organization's recommended 10-15%. I'm not there yet, but my 19% is much better than RI's average of 32%!
Curious about RI hospital stats? Here's the link for the latest!