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Vital Signs

Facts & Figures - Melancholy baby

National changes in obstetrics,
due to liability risks

Percentage of U.S. ob-gyns who have decreased the number of deliveries that they do

Percentage who have decreased the amount of high-risk obstetric care that they provide

Percentage who no longer practice obstetrics at all

Percentage who no longer offer VBAC (vaginal birth after a cesarean)

The obstetrical environment at DHMC

Number of births at DHMC in 2004

Number of individuals with a full-time primary faculty appointment in the DMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

"We believe that vaginal birth is best for the great majority of women, including those who have previously experienced cesarean birth."
Excerpt from the department's "Philosophy of Care"

Percentage of women who attempted a VBAC at DHMC in 2004-05 who had a successful vaginal birth

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