The time for transparency in maternity care
In 2007, nearly one third of babies were born via cesarean section. This is more than double the World Health Organization’s recommended rate of 15%.
Cesarean rates vary widely. Unfortunately, these variations are not due just to the health status of mothers and babies. Extensive research has shown that cesarean rates are strongly linked to the practices and policies of individual hospitals and doctors.
Women can unknowingly increase their risk of unnecessary surgery based on their selection of health care facilities. To enable women to make informed choices, maternity care data on specific hospitals must be available.
To facilitate expectant parent’s ability to make informed health care decisions, CIMS, the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, has developed the Transparency in Maternity Care Project: The Birth Survey. CIMS is working to obtain facility-level intervention rates from state departments of health. As intervention rates, including c-sections, are obtained they will be included in publicly accessible free reports at www.thebirthsurvey.com
Please help us to transform the U.S. Maternity Care System to make birth safer for moms, safer for babies, and healthier for families. Make your voice heard!
If you have given birth in the last 3 years, you are invited to complete the survey at www.thebirthsurvey.com
and if you're pregnant and looking to choose a care provider or birth facility there are some preliminary results available for you to look at.
Thanks for helping make a difference.