February 20, 2013

C-section rates in Minnesota vary dramatically, report shows

By Logan Lafferty

If you’re a first-time mom, your chances of having a Caesarean section could vary dramatically depending on which medical clinic you choose…By comparison, the Mayo Clinic Health System, Southdale Ob/Gyn and Stillwater Medical Groups had rates over 30 percent, while a few others approached 40 percent…Dr. Ola Famuyide, chair of obstetrics at the Mayo Clinic, praised MN Community Measurement for shining a light on the variations. “That starts the discussion,” he said, but he cautioned against “reading too much into this information right now.” He said they need to understand why the variations occur, and whether the rates are driven by medical necessity or other factors.


Star Tribune by Maura Lerner

Tags: c-section, Caesarean section, Dr. Ola Famuyide, Mayo Clinic Health System, medical necessity, MN Community Measurement, ObGyn, Southdale Ob/Gyn, Star Tribune, variation

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