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Compare birth-related complication rates of 18 Houston hospitals

I bet you won't find this information available on hospital websites

Hospitals usually like to keep the public in the dark about bad outcomes, complications, or problems that occur. Texas law helps keep this information hidden by shielding many documents from disclosure through the hospital committee, peer review, and credentialing privileges.

That’s why I was interested to learn that USA Today compiled some fascinating, insightful data for labor, delivery, and childbirth complications in 13 states, including Texas. As a Houston, Texas medical malpractice, I’ve handled many cases involving moms, babies, and families who were harmed by brain injuries, other serious injuries, and even wrongful death because of poor prenatal, labor, deliver, and birth care.

I’ve pulled out the data from the USA Today research for 18 Houston hospitals. You can use information below to compare the number of deliveries/births at each hospital, as well as severe maternal morbidity rates (the rate of serious injuries to mothers), episiotomy rates (an episiotomy is a surgical cut at the opening of the vagina, which is sometimes down to expedite delivery and/or prevent tearing), and C-Section rates.

You can also compare the performance at these hospitals to the average rate for Texas hospitals. For each of these rates, the lower the number, the better.

CHI St. Luke’s Health The Vintage Hospital

20171 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77070

Total births:  3,558

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 2.6% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 2.9% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 2.7% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 8.5%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 17.9%

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center

10655 Steepletop Drive, Houston, Texas 77065

Total births:  12,925

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 2.2% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 3.3% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 2.6% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 16.3%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 9.9%

Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital

4401 Garth Road, Baytown, Texas 77521

Total births:  5,746

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 2.8% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 3.3% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 3.0% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 13.5%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 22.9%

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital

18300 Houston Methodist Drive, Nassau Bay, Texas 77058

Total births:  1,810

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.1% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: unavailable

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: unavailable

Episiotomy rate: 29.1%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 21.0%

Houston Methodist Hospital

6565 Fannin St., Houston, Texas 77030

Total births:  6,528

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.7% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 2.5% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 2.0% (same as the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 8.9%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 24.9%

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

16655 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Total births:  11,640

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.7% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 2.1% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 2.2% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 16.7%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 24.8%

Houston Methodist West Hospital

18500 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094

Total births:  9,266

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.4% (same as the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 2.1% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 1.5% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 15.4%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 21.9%

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

8220 State Highway 249, Houston, Texas 77070

Total births:  12,333

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.9% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 2.8% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 2.2% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 11.9%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 22.8%

Houston Northwest Medical Center (Northwest Houston Hospital HCA Houston Northwest)

710 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, Texas 77090

Total births:  17,062

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.7% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 2.2% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 1.8% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 18.2%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 16.6%

Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center

6411 Fannin, Houston, Texas 77030

Total births: 19,988

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 3.0% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 3.4% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 3.3% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 7.5%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 26.4%

Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital

1635 North Loop West, Houston, Texas 77008

Total births:  8,339

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 0.9% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 1.0% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 0.9% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 6.9%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 16.6%

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center

921 Gessner Road, Houston, Texas 77024

Total births:  14,762

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.3% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 1.4% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 1.8% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 8.8%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 23.0%

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital

11800 Astoria Blvd., Houston, Texas 77089

Total births:  4,786

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.5% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 2.8% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 1.8% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 10.2%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 22.5%

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital

7600 Beechnut St., Houston, Texas 77074

Total births:  13,818

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.2% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 1.7% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 1.3% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 12.9%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 16.7%

St. Joseph Medical Center

1401 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston, Texas 77002

Total births:  17,949

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.6% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 2.3% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 1.5% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 15.5%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 15.7%

Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women

6651 Main St., Houston, Texas 77030

Total births:  23,012

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 3.3% (worse than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 4.7% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 4.5% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 5.4%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 23.7%

West Houston Medical Center

12141 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas 77082

Total births:  11,839

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.1% (betterthan the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 1.3% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 1.2% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 17.9%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 22.3%

Woman’s Hospital of Texas

7600 Fannin St., Houston, Texas 77054

Total births:  42,548

Severe maternal morbidity rate: 1.1% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for black mothers: 1.7% (better than the rate for Texas)

Severe maternal morbidity rate for low income mothers: 1.6% (better than the rate for Texas)

Episiotomy rate: 13.6%

Cesarean rate (C-Section): 31.6%

Robert Painter is an award-winning medical malpractice attorney at Painter Law Firm PLLC, in Houston, Texas. He is a former hospital administrator who represents patients and family members in medical negligence and wrongful death lawsuits all over Texas. Contact him by calling 281-580-8800 or emailing him right now.


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