FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 13, 2018
2017 BY THE NUMBERS FOR SOUTHERN INDIANA MOMS AND BABIES.
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN — The numbers are in, and 2017 was a very good year for the metro area women who delivered their babies with WomanCare. WomanCare delivered 845 babies during the year, with our Certified Nurse Midwives delivering 375 of those little ones. Regionally, WomanCare delivered 60% of the 1409 babies born at Clark Memorial Hospital, and handled 32% of all Southern Indiana deliveries!
Sometimes Cesarean section is necessary to avoid complications during labor and delivery. But natural birth is recommended whenever possible for the health of both mother and baby. Cesarean delivery rates in the U.S. continue to decline and were at 26% according to most recent data. (Kentucky’s rate in 2017 was 27%; Indiana’s was 24%). WomanCare’s C-section rate for women receiving a C-section after having one previously for 2017 was 12% of total deliveries, or half the state average, with our Certified Nurse Midwives even lower at 5%. Even better, our primary C-section rate — the percent of women receiving a C-section for the first time — was just 7% overall, and 3% for our midwives.
Natural, vaginal birth is still possible for moms who have previously had a C-section. Research shows that about 60% to 80% percent of women who attempt a trial of labor after cesarean have a successful vaginal delivery. At WomanCare, our 2017 VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) success rate was 88% overall — and 96% for our midwives!
At WomanCare, labor induction is used to stimulate contractions before labor begins on its own and is only performed when health risks are present for mom and/or baby. In 2017, our midwives’ induction rate was 15%, far less than the national average of 24% according to most recent CDC data.
WomanCare is making an effort to reduce the number of mothers who receive an epidural, as this pain relief method can increase the risk of several complications for mom and baby. Almost 60% of women in the U.S. receive an epidural, while WomanCare’s epidural rate in 2016 was down to 44% overall and only 35% for our midwives.
WomanCare is located at 301 Gordon Gutmann Boulevard in Jeffersonville, next to Clark Memorial Hospital. With three board-certified physicians a nurse practitioner and three certified nurse midwives, the practice provides a comprehensive array of OB/GYN services for women of all ages, including preconception and family planning, infertility evaluations, complete care through pregnancy and delivery, laparoscopic surgery, hormone replacement therapy, wellness care and more.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: (812) 282-6114.
301 Gordon Gutmann Boulevard, Suite 201, Jeffersonville | 812-282-6114 | www.woman-care.org
Christopher S. Grady, MD | Ronald L. Wright, MD | Amanda Davenport, MD
Elizabeth A. Bary, RN, CNM | Alison Reid, RN, CNM | Nicole M. Sichting, RN, CNM | Chelsae Nugent, APRN, WHNP
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalm 139:13-14a