CCRMC Wins Quality Award for Perinatal Program to Reduce Repeat Cesarean Births
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) was pleased to receive the Quality Leaders Top Honors Award from the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and its quality improvement affiliate, the California Health Care Safety Net Institute. CCRMC's Perinatal Unit won the award for its innovative program, the "Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) Improvement Project."
The unit developed the program to give women who have had a C-section the opportunity to avoid this surgery with their next birth. Providing this option is a challenge for many hospitals because there must be numerous systems in place to make sure it can be offered safely. But CCRMC's perinatal team was determined to make this choice available to its patients, knowing that a vaginal delivery has many benefits over a Cesarean birth. The team created its own comprehensive, evidence-based process that assured the safest outcome possible for both mother and baby.
The program has succeeded in increasing the number of vaginal deliveries among VBAC patients and there have been no long-term complications for these patients or their babies. With CCRMC delivering about 15 percent of all babies in Contra Costa County, this project has the potential to provide hundreds of women with the option to avoid subsequent C-sections with the assurance that all safety precautions have been taken.
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