Strategies for Lowering C-Section Rates

To keep Cesarean section rates low, Kaiser Permanente ensures that all its hospitals have well-staffed labor and delivery departments, which include midwives. In addition, Kaiser provides a standard multidisciplinary fetal monitoring program for all clinicians.

In 2012, SelectHealth reduced cesarean deliveries by offering obstetricians pay-for-performance compensation if their Cesarean rates for low-risk first-time mothers dipped below 17 percent.