Whenever I mentioned to someone that XYZ hospital has a c-section rate of ##, I usually hear some excuse back.
"Oh, well that hospital has a really good NICU. They take all the high risk patients so they should have a higher c-section rate."
So let's examine that logic. The hospitals that can handle the sickest babies and the most high risk pregnancies have Level III NICUs. I think a general rule of thumb is that they work with babies beyond 24 weeks gestation.
Hospitals highlighted in pink are Level III NICUs or "regional perinatal centers.
Hospitals highlighted in orange are intensive community perinatal centers which, I believe, is pretty close to a Level III NICU/
|Capital Health System at Mercer||28|
|Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center||27.3|
|Englewood Hospital and Medical Center||33.4|
|Hackensack University Medical Center||47.6|
|Jersey City Medical Center||37.7|
|Jersey Shore Medical Center||38.6|
|Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center||36.0|
|Monmouth Medical Center||28.2|
|Morristown Memorial Hospital||37.3|
|Newark Beth Israel Medical Center||36.5|
|Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center||32.4|
|Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital||35.8|
|Saint Barnabas Medical Center||44.2|
|Saint Peter's University Hospital||37.8|
|St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center||43.4|
|The Valley Hospital||44.4|
|Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Voorhees||41.4|
On the other hand, a Level I NICU basically only handles full term healthy babies. The following hospitals highlighted in blue offer just basic newborn care.
|Bayonne Medical Center||46.6|
|Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital, Inc.||34.3|
|Hackettstown Community Hospital||27.4|
|South Jersey Hospital-Elmer||33.1|
|Southern Ocean County Hospital||43.3|
|St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital||43.4|
|St. Mary's Hospital||33.7|
|The Memorial Hospital of Salem County||30.3|
As you can see, there is really no difference in c-section rate. They are both right around 37% (the state average). So much for the NICU argument.