According to the CDC, the national rate of birth via cesarean section for 2011 was 32.8%. This is over double the WHO's ideal recommended rate of 15%, but for most New Orleanians, it's better than we can hope for.
Louisiana has the highest c-section rate in the country at 39.7%. Knowing this, it's not surprising that most of our hospitals just don't stack up.
Touro Infirmary is the notable exception. There, 27.9% (still almost 1 in 3, so don't get too excited...) of birthing women get a c-section. It's the best in our area, the second best in the state, and it even beats the national average.
On the flip side, East Jefferson General Hospital sections 48.7% (nearly half!) of its laboring women. If you're hoping for a vaginal birth, avoid East Jeff like the knife-happy plague.
Cesarean Rates (2011)
39.7% (highest in US)
38.8% (second highest)
22.6% (lowest in US)
22.8% (second lowest)
By Hospital (2009)
Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank:
Tulane Medical Center:
West Jefferson Medical Center:
Ochsner Medical Center:
Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner:
East Jefferson General Hospital: