El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Consumer Reports released an investigation of more than 1,500 hospitals in 22 states this week, which found that two El Paso area hospitals lead the nation in highest C-Section rates.
The report lists Providence Memorial Hospital with a 29.2% C-section rate, and Las Palmas Medical Center with a 28.1% C-section rate.
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The report also finds that C-section rates can vary dramatically from hospital to hospital, even within the same city. The case in point is University Medical Center, which boasts a much lower 15%.
UMC is also the only hospital in the El Paso region that offers pregnant women the option to deliver their baby with a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and they are also the only area hospital to offer Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) to women who have previously had a C-section.
According to Consumer Reports, C-sections increase the risk of mortality and complications associated with childbirth. Hospitals also reportedly receive about 50 percent more for C-sections than for vaginal births from Medicaid and private health insurance companies. Advocates for higher-quality, lower-cost health care say that lowering the C-section rate by half in the U.S. would ultimately save taxpayers and insurance companies about $5 billion yearly.