Petaluma Valley Hospital Makes Cal Hospital Compare’s 2020 Honor Roll for Maternity Care

Petaluma Valley Hospital Makes Cal Hospital Compare’s 2020 Honor Roll for Maternity Care

Petaluma, Calif. (July 6, 2021) –Cal Hospital Compare, in partnership with the California Health & Human Services Agency, recently announced the recipients of the 2020 Maternity Care Honor Roll and Petaluma Valley Hospital was among the honorees for the third year. The hospital was one of 141 hospitals recognized for meeting or surpassing the statewide target aimed at reducing births via C-section in first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital also received this award. 

“At Petaluma Valley Hospital, we are honored to care for our tiniest patients and their families. Receiving this recognition is a testament to our talented caregivers who are committed to ensuring the best outcomes for our new mothers and babies,” said Darian Harris, Chief Executive at Petaluma Valley Hospital. “

To receive a 2020 maternity honor roll award, a California hospital must have a cesarean section rate of 23.9 percent or lower for low-risk, first birth deliveries and participates in California Maternal Quality Care Collaboratives' 2019 Maternal Data Center.

In 2015, the California Health and Human Services Agency began recognizing hospitals for meeting the 23.9% statewide target for C-sections.1 The overuse of cesarean sections (C-sections) can result in higher rates of complications like hemorrhage, transfusions, infection, and blood clots. For babies, it can mean higher rates of infection, respiratory complications, neonatal intensive care unit stays, and lower breastfeeding rates.2

Petaluma Valley Hospital has received numerous recognitions for its maternity care. The hospital also was listed on the Cal Hospital Compare’s C-Section Honor Roll in 2017 and 2019.

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