Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
Medical Guide 2019 Spring
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Wayne Memorial Maternity’s Primary C-section
Striving for “below average” is rarely a goal for any healthcare facility, but in this case, the lower the better! Wayne Memorial Hospital’s New Beginnings Birthing Suites performed fewer cesarean sections (C-sections) on first-time moms than the national average. According to the latest National Vital Statistics Report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the rate for primary C-sections performed across the U.S. for 2017 was 21.9 percent. Wayne Memorial’s rate for its more than 400 births during the same year was 8.7 percent!

“A C- section is major surgery,” said Mary Beth Dastalfo, RN, BSN, clinical coordinator, New Beginnings, Wayne Memorial Hospital. “When it’s medically necessary to save the life of the child and/or the mother, it is an excellent procedure, a good thing to do. But there are risks that accompany surgery – anesthesia complications, bleeding problems, the potential for breathing issues or infection, just to name a few— and if they can be avoided, that’s the preferable way to go.”

The World Health Organization (WHO), which considers the ideal overall C-Section rate to be between 10 and 15 percent, stands behind the following statement, “every effort should be made to provide caesarean sections to women in need, rather than striving to achieve a specific rate.” Essentially indicating “when medically justified, a C-section can effectively prevent maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity.”

“We’re proud to have maintained a low C-section rate at Wayne Memorial, however, the well-being of mother and baby would never be jeopardized,” stated Board-certified OB/GYN Thomas O’Brien, MD, Women’s Health Center. “Delivering a healthy baby and keeping mom safe are our only goals.”

The overall C-section rate for 2017 at Wayne Memorial was 24.4 percent whereas the national rate was recorded as 32 percent. “Although our overall C-section rate doesn’t show as wide a margin as for first-time moms, we are happy to see that we have consistently kept our number below those national markers,” stated Dastalfo.

To learn more about New Beginnings Birthing Suites, visit wmh.org/giving-birth.

To make an appointment with an OB/GYN or Nurse Midwife at the Women’s Health Center, part of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, a clinical affiliate of Wayne Memorial Hospital, call 570-253-3005.