Saturday, March 28, 2009

Midwives Model of Care Reduces Cesarean Rate at New England Hospital

Got a link to this article in the Berkshire Eagle today: C-section births fall. "North Adams Regional Hospital performs significantly fewer c-sections than other hospitals around the state — an average of 18 percent of all births at the hospital compared to the state average of 34 percent..."

The reason? The Midwives Model of Care, of course! The article goes on to say:

"'I think what is being reflected in our numbers is that we are taking a more 'midwifery' approach with our practice then before,' Robin Rivinus, a certified nurse midwife with Northern Berkshire Obstetrics & Gynecology at the hospital, said last week. 'It means that we do fewer unnecessary interventions — inductions, Cesarean sections, episiotomies. We treat childbirth as the normal, natural thing that it is. We only step in when it's medically necessary, which is much better for both the mother and the baby.'"


1 comment:

Jill Arnold said...

The word is that one of the presenters at the Controversies in Childbirth Conference this weekend stated that it was both unnecessary and impossible to lower the c-section rate.

So, I guess that was incorrect. This is great news.