FLORIDA AWARD PROGRAM FOR SAFELY REDUCING CESAREAN SECTIONS
FLORIDA’S AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
AND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
in partnership with
Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the Florida Hospital Association
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Florida Department of Health commend hospitals for achieving the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) target goal of 23.9 percent for first-time low-risk, primary C-sections as a milestone of success. The program aligns with federal and state efforts for improving maternal and infant health outcomes. Research reveals that once a woman has a cesarean, she has a greater chance of having a C-section for subsequent births, increasing her risk of major birth complications. For the baby, some of the consequences can include longer hospital stays in the neonatal intensive care unit, as well as higher rates of respiratory infection. Stakeholders are focused on ensuring quality care for mothers and babies by encouraging safe deliveries to help reduce unnecessary primary C-sections.