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The University of California San Diego is the standard to follow for obstetric care, according to a U.S. News & World Report list. 

San Diego's academic medical center received the highest honor of being listed in the 2022-2023 High Performing Hospital for Maternity Care ranking by the publication. 

The school is being recognized for its high level of care for expectant parents through their pregnancy, and also for its particular care for newborn babies weighing less than one pound. 

This ranking is an annual analysis that experts to displaying the best possible destination for parents seeking quality obstetric and infant care. 

UCSD Health says they are proud of this world-class achievement as the only academic medical center in the San Diego region. 

“We are beyond proud to receive this prestigious recognition. As the only academic medical center in the region, we are providing patients’ world-class care from the research lab to the hospital bedside,” said Patty Maysent, CEO, UC San Diego Health. “When expectant parents are considering their options of welcoming a baby into the world, we want them to know that our hospital system offers the most comprehensive and compassionate care by superb multi-disciplinary teams.”

Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, is the chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSD Medicine, and she says this is the result of the endless commitment the academic medical center has for its patients. 

“The tireless dedication of our teams; outpatient clinicians, nurses and support services offering a gentle hand at the bedside and obstetric teams using evidence-based approaches to deliver babies safely, are who made this remarkable achievement possible,” said Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman. 

“This rating shows our commitment to the patients we serve from conception to childbirth and postpartum. Having a baby is a profound life experience, and we are honored when families choose UC San Diego Health to be part of that special moment.”

The U.S. News & World Report examined almost 650 hospitals that provide labor and delivery treatment for its 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care ranking. And within those hundreds of hospitals that were analyzed, less than half that participated in this survey were recognized with High Performing selection.

How is the rank analyzed? 

This particular list is based on various factors. The U.S. News Best Hospitals for Maternity Care methodology conducts their list based on the Cesarean section (C-section) procedure rates in lower-risk pregnancy, early elective delivery rates, vaginal birth rates after cesarean, otherwise known as VBAC, and other factors. 

Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News, said the following about the top-quality hospitals listed with this High Performing designation, including UCSD Health. 

“The Best Hospitals for Maternity Care is designed to help families identify hospitals that excel in delivering babies for uncomplicated pregnancies. A hospital that has earned a High Performing designation is providing exceptional care in many areas and may be a good option for parents, in consultation with their medical provider, to consider.”

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