Hospitals in New Jersey have long been experiencing the problem of unnecessary delivery of babies through the caesarean section since last year, a practice that puts mothers and their children at great risk of complications, according to a new report published on Tuesday.
Florida, New Jersey, Texas, New York, and Kentucky recorded the utmost number of cesareans, according to Leapfrog Group, a non-profit organization that publishes reports on hospital safety.
Out of the 47 hospitals in New Jersey that deliver babies and send data for analysis, only nine complied with the standard of going over no more than 23.9% of cesareans, according to the report. In last year’s report, 11 hospitals met this standard.
Caesarean sections endanger the risk of blood clots and infection extends the revival process, which can cause chronic pelvic pain and create complication in future pregnancies. The C-section, babies are at a higher risk of developing respiratory problems such as diabetes and asthma.
Linda Schwimmer, president and executive director of the New Jersey Institute of Health Care Quality, a consumer protection and research group, said the report provides vital information that the public needs to know when choosing a hospital.
“At Quality Institute, enhancing maternity care is an integral part of our mission, and the results of Leapfrog show that our work is absolutely necessary,” said Schwimmer.
“New Jersey can and should lessen cesarean rates, which are very dissimilar in hospitals, there are times when a cesarean is needed, but the hospital where a pregnant mother gives birth to her baby should not be the deciding factor if she would have a surgical delivery or not,” Schwimmer said.
She also added that now it is time for health organization to prioritize child and maternal health through the State.