Cesarean deliveries can save mothers’ and babies’ lives. Yet they also are associated with risks, such as increased rates of maternal hemorrhage and infection, and increased chances of neonatal transition difficulties. Even when all goes well, a surgical delivery means a slower recovery for new mothers. Consequently, reducing unnecessary C-sections is a high priority in obstetrics.
“In mid-2020, we launched an initiative at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) aimed at safely decreasing our C-section rates,” says Travis Dayon, MD, Chief of the Division of Obstetrics. “The latest data shows that we are not only performing significantly fewer C-sections now but also maintaining a high level of safety.”