About the site

CesareanRates.com launched February 9, 2012, as a snapshot of online cesarean rate reporting in the United States. The site compiles 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. The site shows marked variation in quality and availability of usable data between states. CesareanRates.com receives no funding and is operated for the benefit of the public. 

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

About Jill Arnold

Jill Arnold is a consultant specializing in consumer engagement in maternity care. An expert on local, state and national data reporting, she manages projects involving the following:  

  • Regional data analysis and reports
  • How employers can communicate with local hospitals about their maternity data
  • Editorial content development about choosing a hospital or provider
  • Social media and employee-facing campaigns on C-sections, VBAC, pregnancy and maternity benefits

She is currently a consultant at Consumer Reports, working with the organization on a grant to develop consumer-facing educational materials with the California Health Care Foundation and California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Her campaigns on C-section Ratings and editorial were the second-highest ranked of all Consumer Reports digital content in 2016.

In April 2017, she co-founded the National Accreta Foundation.

Jill founded and managed The Unnecesarean, a patient advocacy blog about maternity care, informed consent, VBAC access and defensive medicine until 2012. She currently maintains a maternity care-related social media following of more than 60,000. She lives in Bentonville, Arkansas. Her patient story was published by Patients' View Institute in 2017.

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

Current and recent board service and advisory positions:

Co-founder, National Accreta Foundation

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

Editorial Board Member, Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement [link]

Expert Consultant, Delivery Decisions Initiative. Ariadne Labs, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2017. [link]

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

Advisory Board Member, Childbirth Design Project. Ariadne Labs, Harvard University, 2016. [link]

Board of Directors, Lamaze International, 2016 - 2017.

Arkansas Department of Health Midwifery Advisory Board, 2014 - 2017.

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


Communicating about Unnecessary C-sections, Consumer Reports/Choosing Wisely Webinar, February 2, 2017. [link]

Trabajando juntos para reducir la tasa de cesáreas en California (in Spanish), Visión y Compromiso Conference, October 2016. [link]

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:
If You've Had a C-Section, You'll Want to Know More About the New VBAC Guidelines, POPSUGAR Moms, August 2017. [link]

How Other Women Can Learn From My Almost Fatal Postpartum Condition, POPSUGAR Moms, August 2017. [link]

Five Steps Hospitals Can Take to Safely Lower Their Cesarean Rate, July 2017. [link]

How Arkansas Lowered Its Cesarean Rate Quickly, July 2017. [link]

How much does it cost to have a baby?, Amino.com, January 2017. [link]

The Quixotic New Backlash Against Measuring Healthcare Quality by Leah Binder, Forbes.com, July 2016. [link]

Aid for consumers; Data helps health-care decisionsArkansas 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 ThemPeekaboo 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]

Preterm baby birth rate in the U.S. drops, report findsConsumer 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]

Call It A Comeback? The Many Faces of Nitrous Oxide for Labor Pain ReliefRH Reality Check, December 2010. [link]

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

Social Media, Power, and the Future of VBAC, Journal of Perinatal Education, Summer 2010. [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]