Natividad Medical Center scores well in maternity care

  • December 14, 2014

By Rachel Zentz, The Salinas Californian

December 14, 2014 – SALINAS, CA – Natividad Medical Center has been named 1 of 33 high performing hospitals in maternity care in California by The California HealthCare Foundation.

High performing is defined as three or more Superior or Above Average scores and no Average, Below Average, or Poor scores on the four maternity measures available on

CHCF recently released the findings of reports measuring hospital performance in four key areas of maternity care: low-risk C-section rates, episiotomy rates, rates of exclusive breastfeeding before discharge, and VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) rates.

Low performing is defined as three or more Below Average or Poor scores on the four maternity measures. The studies found a wide variation in hospital performance.

Natividad Medical Center’s perinatal program is the only local hospital to provide 24/7 in-house provider coverage for OB/GYN, Anesthesia and Neonatology and offers vaginal birth after caesarean services. Also, Natividad Medical Center’s partnership with UCSF brings UCSF neonatologists to the community so families can stay together locally and still receive expert care.

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