Cesarean (C-section) delivery volume

A Cesarean delivery, commonly known as a C-section, refers to a surgical procedure to deliver a baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen.

Some cesarean sections are necessary to protect the health of the infant or mother.  There are currently no methods to evaluate the “right” number of C-sections for a population of patients.  Some expectant mothers discuss this rate with their obstetricians.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of primary surgical deliveries per 100 deliveries. It does not include all surgical deliveries. For example, it excludes deliveries of multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.), infants who are in a breech (i.e. feet first) position or surgical deliveries counted in other categories.  

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 100)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 14
National Average 18
Performance Trend (Rate per 100)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 16 15 16 15 18 15 15 14
National Average 18.03 18.03 18.03 18.03 18.03 18.03 18.03 18
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, www.ahrq.gov