A Roseville hospital appears on a recently released Consumer Reports list of large U.S. hospitals with low C-section rates. Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center is among 19 U.S. hospitals that have high volumes of baby deliveries with C-section rates of 18.4 percent or lower. Doctor Jeanne Conry is the hospital's assistant physician-in-chief.
"By the time somebody's on her second or third C-section, a number of places will say that a woman would have to have a C-section as a repeat," says Conry. "We don't, but a number of places will."
"Allowing somebody to labor longer, push longer, and realize sometimes it takes longer for a delivery, helps to reduce the C-section rate," says Conry. "We also said no inductions before 41 weeks unless there's a maternal or fetal indication."
Conry says the number of U.S. women dying as a result of childbirth has gone up in the past 15 years, partly because of a dramatic increase in the number of cesarean section births.
While C-sections can be lifesaving in some cases, they can also result in hemorrhage and infection.