Norton Women’s Care, with childbirth services at Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, has been recognized as High Performing in Adult Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. This is the first time U.S. News has published a list of Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.

To be recognized among the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care, hospitals had to excel on multiple quality metrics that matter to expectant families, including complication rates, cesarean sections, whether births were scheduled too early in pregnancy and how successfully each hospital supported breastfeeding. Only one-third of the hospitals evaluated by U.S. News for maternity care earned a “High Performing” rating, the highest rating for this type of care. Participation in the survey was voluntary.

Unique to the U.S. News site, participating hospital profiles are a “one-stop shop” and include a variety of relevant offerings for parents-to-be, including key measures of safety along with services and amenities, such as private rooms, valet parking and availability of child birthing classes.

“Our goal at Norton Women’s Care is to provide our patients with a childbirth experience that is  safe and meets all of their health needs,” said Mary L. Schubert, DNP, NEA-BC, system vice president, women’s services, Norton Healthcare. “This includes our vision to look at the whole patient’s health, treat everyone with dignity, provide compassionate care and support health both during pregnancy and well into the future.

“We’re pleased to see that U.S. News & World Report has given us a High Performing rating, as it affirms all of the data we continually review to ensure the care we deliver is up to our high standards.”

Caregivers at Norton Healthcare’s two Norton Women’s Care locations deliver more than 8,000 babies a year. While many of those deliveries are uncomplicated, Norton Women’s Care also specializes in high-risk deliveries, with a specialty maternal-fetal medicine program and connection to specialists in two neonatal intensive care units. The Level IV NICU at Norton Children’s Hospital offers the highest level of care to critically ill and premature infants. A second NICU at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital is Level III.

Norton Healthcare is ranked as High Performing for eight procedures and conditions: heart attack, heart failure, diabetes, kidney failure, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and hip and knee replacement.