Birth Stats in the DC Metro Area

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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.

Notes on the Data

Updated February 2017.

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.

Northern Virginia

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Fauquier Health

NICULevel I
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month75
C-section29%
Episiotomy16%
MidwivesNo
NICULevel III
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month300
C-section35%
Episiotomy15%
Midwives
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NICULevel IV
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month903
C-section*41%
Episiotomy16%
Midwives
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*Reported by staff in October 2015; INOVA Fairfax declined to submit their c-section rate to The LeapFrog Group.
NICULevel III
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month300
C-section31%
Episiotomy15%
Midwives
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INOVA Loudoun

NICULevel III
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month215
C-section25%
Episiotomy12%
Midwives

Prince William

NICULevel IV
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month180
C-section21%
Episiotomy17%
Midwives
 

Reston Hospital

NICULevel III
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month243
C-section32%
Episiotomy18%
NICULevel III
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month306
C-section33%
Episiotomy16%
Midwives
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District of Columbia

NICULevel III
Well-baby NurseryNo
Births per Month300
C-section*40%
Episiotomy*Rare
MidwivesNo
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*Reported by staff in December 2015; Georgetwon Hospital declined to submit their c-section rate to The LeapFrog Group.

George Washington University Hospital

NICULevel III
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month300
C-section*25%
Episiotomy*Very Rare
Midwives
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*Reported by staff in October 2015; GWU Hospital declined to submit their c-section rate to The LeapFrog Group.

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MedStar Washington Hospital Center

NICULevel III
Well-baby Nursery
Births per MonthNot Reported
C-section*Not Reported
EpisiotomyNot Reported
Midwives
*Washington Hospital Center declined to submit their c-section rate to The LeapFrog Group.
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Sibley Memorial
Hospital

NICULevel II
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month300
C-section42%
EpisiotomyRare
MidwivesNo
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Maryland

Frederick Memorial

NICULevel IIIA
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month192
C-section*33%
EpisiotomyNot Reported

*Frederick Memorial declined to submit their c-section rate to The LeapFrog Group. This stat is from www.cesareanrates.com.

Shady Grove

NICULevel III
Well-baby Nursery
Births per Month400
C-section Rate*32%
EpisiotomyNot Routine
Midwives
Unmedicated BirthsCommon (18%)
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*Self-reported. Shady Grove declined to submit their c-section rate to The LeapFrog Group. This stat is from www.cesareanrates.com.
 

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