Cesarean Section

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 patients. However, some c-sections may not be helpful and may even cause some problems for mothers and babies.

About this measure

This measure is based on a random sample of mothers who delivered babies at the hospital. Not all mothers with newborns were tracked for this measure. Of the sampled group of patients, this is the percentage of mothers delivering their first babies who deliver full term (at least 37 weeks gestation) via c-section and are considered to be at a low risk for complications.  According to The Joint Commission, a lower percentage is better.  

Note:  At this time, comparison data is not available for this measure.  When data that compares our hospital to other hospitals becomes available, we will publish it.  In the meantime, we will publish Northwestern Memorial data only.  

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q4
Northwestern Memorial 23
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3 2013 Q4
Northwestern Memorial 20 22 18 28 20 24 23 23
Source:University Healthsystem Consortium www.uhc.edu
Cesarean Section