The South Shore Hospital in Weymouth is getting attention around the country this year for its cooperative, patient-informed approach to childbirth. The hospital’s “Team Birth Project” is focusing on reducing the number of Cesarean births, even in situations in which many American hospitals would not offer a trial of labor.
WBUR reports on one such birth, where one mother would have been seen as a poor candidate in other hospitals. She’s of “advanced maternal age,” has had a C-section previously, and is pregnant with twins—one of which is transverse! South Shore reports a 4% drop in C-sections so far, but project contributors are cautious about waiting to see if this can be maintained and replicated.
—Team Birth Project is attempting to lower the USA’s Cesarean rate by changing the culture around hospital childbirth, among other things.
—One key tool is a Labor and Delivery Planning board, used to keep all health care providers—as well as the family—on the same page.
—Making sure that the decision to perform a C-section is based on medical evaluation instead of hospital culture could improve vaginal birthrates.