Nebraska Hospitals Doing Fewer C-Section Deliveries

Thirteen medical centers and hospitals in Nebraska have been named Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care for reducing C-section rates for first time, low-risk mothers.

“We are very proud of our Nebraska facilities who have been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care,” said Dr. Debra Esser, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s chief medical officer. “This shows a significant effort on their part to monitor early induced deliveries and cesarean section rates at their hospitals and make improvements in their processes.”

In order to qualify as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care, a hospital must achieve a C-section rate of 27 percent or lower.

The 13 are:

Bellevue Medical Center – Bellevue
CHI Health Creighton University – Omaha
CHI Health Immanuel – Omaha
CHI Health Lakeside – Omaha
CHI Health St Elizabeth – Lincoln
CHI Health St Francis – Grand Island
Columbus Community Hospital – Columbus
Faith Regional Health Services – Norfolk
Fremont Health – Fremont
Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital – Hastings
Methodist Women’s Hospital – Elkhorn
Nebraska Medicine – Omaha
Regional West Medical Center – Scottsbluff

Many Doctors and researchers say Cesarean delivery can pose a risk for complications, including hemorrhage, blood clots and infection. They also are believe to increase long-term risks if a woman has more children.

C-sections also cost more. The average cost difference between a vaginal and cesarean delivery was $4,157 ($13,325 for vaginal delivery and $17,482 for cesarean), according to a recent Blue Cross and Blue Shield report.

Nationally, Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care reduced the rate of C-sections by 32 percent compared to other hospitals not in the program.

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