Birth Stats in the DC Metro Area
As a doula and birth photographer, my goal is to help you decide which hospital in the DC area best fits your birthing preferences. The stats below cover most hospitals in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.
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Notes on the Data
I've gathered this information from various data sets and from interviews with nurses, obstetricians, and midwives. I've tried very hard to be accurate. I hope moms birthing at these hospitals say, "Yep! That was my experience." And that doctors and nurses working there agree.
Unless otherwise noted, c-section rates are taken from The LeapFrog Group, which is trying to decrease US cesarean rates by encouraging all hospitals to publish their c-section rates. You can read more about their methodology on their website. For simplicity, I rounded the rates. Their target rate is 24%.
Episiotomy Rates throughout the region are very low. Percentages are linked to their source. Hospitals that have not given me their actual rate have told me that episiotomy is either "rare," "common," or "very common" at their hospital. This is the best I can do when I don't have an actual stat.
*Reported by staff in October 2015; INOVA Fairfax declined to submit their c-section rate to The LeapFrog Group.
District of Columbia
|Births per Month||300|
*Reported by staff in December 2015; Georgetwon Hospital declined to submit their c-section rate to The LeapFrog Group.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
|Births per Month||Not Reported|
*Washington Hospital Center declined to submit their c-section rate to The LeapFrog Group.
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