SAFETY & Statistics
Average Number of births per Month 2018: 12
Transfer in Labor Rate 2018: 11%
C-section Rate 2018: 8%
(Healthy People Target 2020: 23.9% or less)
Exclusively Breastmilk-Fed Infants 2018:
Before discharge from the birth center: 98.5%
(Healthy People 2020 Target: 81.9% or more)
At 6 weeks postpartum: 91.1%
Biggest Baby: 12lbs. 2oz boy (July 2003)
Record Births in 24 Hours: 6 (2017)
Episiotomies in the Past 5 Years:
2014 – 1
2015 – 0
2016 – 0
2017 – 0
2018 – 0
Record Births in 1 month: 29 (Feb 2014)
Record Clients Due in 1 month: 44 (March 2014)
Leap Year Babies: 2/29/04; 2/29/16
Valentine’s Day Record: 2 baby girls were born! 2/14/16
Father’s Day Record: boys and 1 girl were born! 6/18/17
2019: San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition “Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace” Special Recognition Award
2012-2014 Best Start participated in the Strong Start Study which showed significant improvement in health compared to other prenatal care clinics.
2007: Center for Disease Control’s PINC Survey of Maternity Care Practices and Infant Feeding: Over 2,500 facilities participated. The composite score for the birth center was 98 out of a possible high score of 100. We placed in the 99th percentile for facilities in the Nation and State of California having less than 250 births per year. This means that we are performing better than 99% of all of these facilities. Best Start Birth Center is able to achieve this stellar rank simply by having the staff and environment that supports normal birth and postpartum behaviors for the mother, baby, and family. All we do is respect the mom and her baby and trust them to be healthy and behave in ways to promote their own health. If hospitals could do the same, outcomes in the US would improve across the board.
Birth Center Safety
Your safety is our priority. For low-risk women, giving birth at a birth center under the care of midwives is shown to be safe.
- American Association of Birth Centers
- Planned Out-of-Hospital Birth and Birth Outcomes
- Stand by Your Midwives. CA Midwives Need You Now!
- National Birth Center Study
- New Studies Confirm Safety of Home Birth With Midwives in the U.S.
- ACOG supports accredited birth centers
- Potential Medicaid Cost Savings from Maternity Care Based at a Freestanding Birth Center