CesareanRates.com launched February 9, 2012, as a snapshot of online cesarean rate reporting in the United States. Most recently updated in May 2016 [in progress], the site compiles current hospital-level data accessible to the public online, whether reported directly by a state’s department of health or gathered from state hospital association web sites via pull-down menus.

The initial goals of the site were to a) show the quality and inaccessibility of information available to the public, b) to assess whether there is public demand for this information and c) to work toward establishing a precedent for hospital data transparency.

This site's sole source of funding is Google Adsense and occasional paid advertisements which almost covers hosting fees. 

About the site owner

Jill Arnold is a consumer advocate and works as a consultant to Consumer Reports on maternity care topics and cesarean rate reporting in the United States. She served as the consumer representative to the Listening to Mothers III study and is a member of the steering committee of the California Maternal Data Center. Jill has contributed to Our Bodies, Ourselves, Lamaze's Giving Birth with Confidence and regularly serves as a consultant to academic researchers exploring cesarean rate reporting and consumer engagement in public data use.

Jill is also the founder of The Unnecesarean, a blog which she edited for four years until August 2012, as well as a large social media community of 55,000+ Facebook and Twitter followers (not including site traffic) focused on patient autonomy, informed consent, data transparency and other issues related to the U.S. maternity care system and beyond. She lives in Bentonville, Arkansas with her two children. 

Twitter: @unnecesarean | Klout: Unnecesarean | LinkedIn: Jill Arnold

Advisory Boards:

Vice Chair, Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative Board, August 12, 2015. Appointment expires August 12, 2018. [link

Advisory Board Member, Childbirth Design Project. Ariadne Labs, Harvard University. [link]

Member, California Maternal Data Center Steering Committee, 2013 - present. [link]

Arkansas Department of Health Midwifery Advisory Board, 2014 - present. [link]

Consumer Representative, Listening to Mothers III National Advisory Council, 2012. [link]


Consumer Impact on Healthcare Panel, Texas Birth Roundup 2016
Pictured: Cori Gentry, Kathleen Donaldson, CNM, Abby Epstein, Ricki Lake, Dr. Steven Suba, Jill Arnold. 
Photo credit: Valerie Cannon Photography

Texas Birth Roundup, Arlington, Texas, April 2016. [link]

Southwest Birth Round-up, Fort Worth, Texas, April 2014. [link]

Consumers Union Safe Patient Project Summit, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, New York, November 15, 2012. [link]

Panelist at the Human Rights in Childbirth Conference at The Hague University of Applied Sciences on May 31-June 1, 2012 [link]

Arnold, J. (2011, October). Mandated Reporting of Maternity Care Utilization Data. Scientific session presented at the American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington, D.C. [link]

Media, Journals and Advocacy:

Author of "Aid for consumers; Data helps health-care decisions", Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, April 2015. [link]

10 things hospitals won’t tell you, MarketWatch, February 2015. [link]

Maternity Care Patient Engagement Strategies, Integrated Healthcare Association, September 2014. [link]

Author of "C-section: Just the Facts... If You Can Find Them", Peekaboo Magazine, September 2014. [link]

Cesarean Delivery Rates Vary Tenfold Among US Hospitals; Reducing Variation May Address Quality And Cost Issues, Health Affairs, March 2013. [link]

Giving Birth in Northwest Arkansas, November 2013. [link]

Author of "Preterm baby birth rate in the U.S. drops, report finds", Consumer Reports, November 2013 [link]

New Website Presents Comprehensive Collection of Cesarean Rates Throughout U.S. Hospitals, Yahoo! News, February 2012. [link]

Stakeholder Workgroup Member on the Strategies to Reduce Cesarean Birth Among Low Risk Women project funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and conducted by Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center, 2012. [link]

Consumer delegate at the Home Birth Consensus Summit, October 2011. [link]

Reviewer for Pregnancy and Birth chapter of Our Bodies, Ourselves 2011 Edition. [link]

Author of “Call It A Comeback? The Many Faces of Nitrous Oxide for Labor Pain Relief”, RH Reality Check, December 2010. [link]

Author of “Discussing Your Options with Your Care Provider”, Lamaze’s A Woman’s Guide to VBAC, 2010 [link]

Cited in “Social Media, Power, and the Future of VBAC”, Journal of Perinatal Education, Summer 2010. [link]

Work highlighted in Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2011 Edition. [link]


Cesareans and VBAC Discussion with Jill Arnold, KGSF Springfield's Dr. Poppy Show, May 2016. [link]

I Loved My C-Section, HuffPost Live, November 2012. [link]

Aetna Urges Moms To Avoid Cesareans Births To Reduce Risk, Bloomberg.com, July 2012. [link

Consumer Advocate, Jill Arnold, Talks to Babble about C-sections, Birth Wars and the Way Forward, Babble.com Being Pregnant, July 2012. [link]

Interview with Jill Arnold from The Unnecesarean and Cesarean Rates, About.com Pregnancy and Birth, March 2012. [link]

SuperTalk Mississippi's Paul Gallo Show, Feb 29, 2012. [link]

Birthrights: The Risk of Choice (documentary), Al Jazeera English, April 2011. [link]

Modern Medicine: Unnecessary C-Sections on the Rise, LiveScience.com, November 2010. [link]