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Denver Health Recognized for Low C-Section Rate

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Consumer Reports has recognized Denver Health Maternity Services for having one of the lowest C-section rates in the country. With a rate of about 7.9%, Denver Health avoids unnecessary health risks that can result from C-sections. 

The low rate of C-sections can be attributed to Denver Health’s firm policies against using interventions that might lead to cesareans, such as inducing labor without a medical reason, and its active midwifery service. 

As a teaching hospital Denver Health is fully staffed with health care providers 24 hours a day. With this type of staffing model, Denver Health doesn't have the pressures associated with the end of business hours, and women can be in labor for as long as they need to be. "C-sections increase the risk of mortality and complications", said Kent Heyborne, M.D., chief of obstetrics at Denver Health.