Overview of Statewide Rates of Complications Associated with Delivery Hospitalizations,2016

This page shows rates of 4 categories of complications associated with delivery:

  • Overall for the State
  • Further subdivided by Race/Ethnicity

Select the complication of interest from the list below or scroll down to view the different categories of complications.

Rates of Laceration (vaginal birth only) per 1,000 delivery hospitalizations

Third and fourth degree perineal lacerations are tears that occur in the vagina and skin and may involve the muscles and tissues between the vagina and anus. These tears can be deep, frequently require surgical repair and may result in short or long-term discomfort. High vaginal trauma is a laceration of the vaginal wall (internal) without involvement of external tissues (perineum). Repair may be needed and as with perineal lacerations, may result in on-going discomfort.

  • 3rd/4th degree perineal laceration
    • 21.4

  • High vaginal laceration
    • 28.5

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Rates of Severe Maternal Morbidity with Transfusion per 1,000 delivery hospitalizations

Severe maternal morbidity (SMM)- includes unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that resultin significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman’s health (CDC).
List of outcomes: https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/smm/severe-morbidity-ICD.htm

  • All hospitalizations
    • 18.1

  • Surgical/cesarean births
    • 32.8

  • Vaginal births
    • 9.9

 Click here to see further details on SMM by Race/Ethnicity

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Rates of Post-admission Infections per 1,000 delivery hospitalizations

Post-admission infections are bacterial infections of the female reproductive or urinary tract or surgical wounds. These infections occur following childbirth, commonly after the first 24 hours to 10 days post-delivery.

  • All hospitalizations
    • 6.5

  • Surgical/cesarean births
    • 10.6

  • Vaginal births
    • 4.2




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Rates of Postpartum Hemorrhage per 1,000 delivery hospitalizations

Postpartum Hemorrhage*- An estimated blood loss more than 500 ml after a vaginal birth or a loss of greater than 1,000 ml after a cesarean birth.*ACOG Traditional definition which was recently revised is used for the 2016 report. In 2016, providers adopted the traditional definition.

  • All hospitalizations
    • 50.1

  • Surgical/cesarean births
    • 67.6

  • Vaginal births
    • 40.2


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Last Reviewed: 6/25/2019