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The Green River Doula Network is currently compiling information on our area hospitals. Our goal is to help parents make an informed choice for their place of birth - whether it be hospital or home.

Pioneer Valley Hospital Statistics

Cesarean and VBAC Rates for Hospitals and Hospital Midwifery Practices in the Pioneer Valley, 2012 - compiled by ICAN of Western Massachusetts, September 2013

HospitalCooley Dickinson Hospital (Northampton)

Franklin Medical Center (Greenfield)

Baystate Medical Center (Springfield) Holyoke Medical Center (Holyoke) Mercy Medical Center (Springfield)
Date of Statistics  2006 10/1/09-9/30/10 1/1/09-12/31/09  2006 2007
Teaching or community hospital Community Community Teaching Community Community
Nursery level I I III I I
Total number of births 859 481 4,184 (4,314 babies) 588 1369
Cesarean births (approximate) 29%* 21% 32% 22%* 27%**
First Cesarean 11%* 15% 19% 7%* 15.6%**
Repeat Cesarean 8%* 6% 12.5% 10%* 11.8%**
Successful VBACs Not available Not available 3% Not available 2%*
Successfully attempted VBACs Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available
Deliveries in birthing rooms 71% 77% 71% 78% 73%**
CNM-assisted delivery 26% 75% 19% 40% 53%**
Epidural anesthesia 66% 39% 64% 42% 50%**
Spinal anesthesia 12% 13% 21% 13% 19%**
General anesthesia 0.58% 2% 2% 1.7% 0.8%**
External fetal monitoring 23% 34% 84% 89% 74%**
Internal fetal monitoring only 4% 5% 12% 7% 3.3%**
External and internal monitoring 89% 39% 10% 96% 81%
Episiotomies 9% 3% 4% 4% 3%**
Intravenous (IV) 79% 66% 95% 80% 100%**
Induced labor 18% 25% 18% 15% 26%**
Augmented labor 20% 34% 21% 18% 22%**
Forceps-assisted births 0.35% 0% >1% 0% 0.73%
Vacuum-assisted births 2% not available 2% 8.16% 4.53%
Breastfeeding upon discharge 88% 83% 76% 54% 71%**
Average length of stay (c-section) 4 days not available not available 3.6 days 3.4 days
Average length of stay (vaginal) 2 days not available not available 2.1 days 2.5 days
Miscellaneous   7% of births in water tub 54% of male babies circumcised; 110 sets of twins and 7 sets of triplets delivered    

* Please note: Some Cesarean and VBAC statistics are not available for this time period. The total Cesarean rate has been estimated by subtracting the number of deliveries in birthing rooms from the total number of deliveries.

** These Mercy Medical Center statistics are from 2007.

Hospital Amenities
Compiled by the Green River Doula Network

HospitalCooley Dickinson Hospital (Northampton)

Franklin Medical Center (Greenfield)

Baystate Medical Center (Springfield) Holyoke Medical Center (Holyoke) Mercy Medical Center (Springfield)
What kind of rooms? LDR and separate postpartum LDRP and LDR; all rooms are different, and upgrades are possible LDRP LDRP LDRP
Refreshments available? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TV/VCR/CD player available? TV and CD player in room TVs in all rooms; CD/radio in most; one portable VCR TVs in rooms TVs; some CD players TVs; VCR and CD player available
Showers/tubs/Jacuzzis in rooms? Showers in all rooms. Standard-sized tub with jets (Jacuzzi) in LDR’s and one with large tub Showers in all rooms; one with large tub; Jacuzzis avail. for postpartum as well Showers in all rooms; one with large tub Showers in all rooms; one with large tub Showers in all rooms; some with whirlpools
Is water birth available? Yes Yes No Yes No
Is monitoring by telemetry available? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can moms be monitored via telemetry in the tubs/showers? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Are birth balls provided? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Are birthing stools available? Yes No No No No
Are there rocking chairs in rooms? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Are microwaves available for warming up heat packs? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Is there a lactation consultant on staff? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Do CNMs (certified nurse-midwives) attend births? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Any other amenities? Nice waiting room (the Solarium) for families and friends Pre-admission visit at 36 weeks to complete paperwork and feel comfortable in the environment Large labor tub (not for water birth) Large, private rooms and intimate atmosphere Unit is in a separate building from the main hospital; all rooms are private