Six Providence Southern California hospitals earned recognition from state health officials for reducing the numbers of cesarean section births for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies.

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA) named to its 2021 Maternity Honor Roll:

  • Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Apple Valley
  • Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance
  • Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center
  • Providence Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo
  • Providence St. Joseph Hospital, Orange
  • Providence St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton

For mothers, overuse of cesarean sections can result in higher rates of complications such as hemorrhage, transfusions, infection and blood clots. The surgery also brings risks for babies, including higher rates of infection, respiratory complications, neonatal intensive care unit stays and lower breastfeeding rates.

In 2015, the California Health and Human Services Agency began recognizing hospitals that meet the 23.9% statewide target of C-sections for low-risk births through its Maternity Honor Roll. This year’s award reflects calendar year 2020 hospital discharge and birth certificate data from 208 California hospitals that offer maternity services and participate in the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative’s Maternal Data Center.

The 2021 Maternity Honor Roll recognizes 124 hospitals that met or surpassed the statewide target aimed at reducing births via C-section in first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies.

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