Healthy Moms. Healthy Babies.

Reducing medically unnecessary, elective C-section deliveries

Through the work of the Florida Hospital Association, Florida’s Department of Health, the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, Florida’s hospitals are reducing the number of unnecessary c-sections– delivering a healthy beginning … and healthier future for Florida moms and babies.

Women who deliver via c-section for her first birth have a much greater chance of having a c-section for subsequent births, increasing risk for major complications. Babies born via c-section can have longer stays in the neonatal intensive care unit, as well as higher rates of respiratory infections.

The national Healthy People 2020 initiative goal for C-section deliveries for low-risk females with no prior births is 24.7 percent.

15 hospitals honored for meeting or exceeding the Healthy People 2020 goal for C-section deliveries

Hospitals meeting the goal for three consecutive years:

  • Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast
  • Ascension St. Vincent’s Clay County
  • Baptist Hospital
  • Bayfront Health Seven Rivers
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center
  • Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center
  • UF Health North

Hospitals meeting the goal for two consecutive years:

  • AdventHealth DeLand
  • AdventHealth Sebring
  • Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside
  • Central Florida Regional Hospital

Hospitals meeting the goal in 2019:

  • Citrus Memorial Health System
  • Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
  • Rockledge Regional Medical Center
  • Tampa General Hospital

“Florida’s hospitals are committed to leading the way to improve maternal and newborn health,” said Florida Hospital Association President and CEO Mary Mayhew. “Through this collaborative, Florida hospitals are delivering a healthier beginning and a healthier future for moms and babies in our state.” Read more in FHA’s press release here.