SAFETY & Statistics


Our Statistics

Average Number of births per Month 2017: 11

Transfer in Labor Rate 2017: 14%

C-section Rate 2017: 9%
    (Healthy People Target 2020: 23.9% or less)

Exclusively Breastmilk-Fed Infants 2017:
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:
2013 – 0
2014 – 1
2015 – 0
2016 – 0
2017 – 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

Our Achievements

2016 Triple Aim Best Practices Achievement Recipient

2015 ACNM Best Practice

2012-2014 Best Start participated in this Strong Start Study Outcome

2007: Best Start Birth Center participated in the 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. A particularly interesting observation is that the 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. In other words, 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. Visit to see more about the survey.