Birth Rate Stats & VBAC
Between January, 2011 and August 2018, 455,794 babies were delivered in California (10,164 of which occurred at the hospital). Of those deliveries:
- 31.3% were cesarean births
- 19.2% were primary (first time) C-sections
Cesarean births come with multiple risks, such as hemorrhage, transfusion, infection and maternal deaths. Dr. La Follette and Dr. Dela Merced rarely perform C-sections. In fact, they are substantially below the current goal of 23%. If you’ve had a C-section in the past and you are pregnant, we want you to be given the chance of a vaginal birth. The statewide VBAC rate is 13% (nationwide, it is even worse at 10%), but at La Follette OB-GYN & Aesthetics, we perform VBAC at 5 times the national and state rate! If you needed a C-section for your first pregnancy, we will ensure a safe vaginal birth with your next baby. If we have to induce you for medical reasons (overdue, diabetes, high blood pressure), we still have a very high rate of vaginal delivery–unlike the statewide numbers.
We do not do episiotomies, as it is very important to protect a woman’s anatomy and pelvic floor strength. We also do not usually use instruments (assisted vaginal birth), and we are protective of the pelvic floor with few 3rd-4th degree lacerations.