Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Birth Survey

Via Crunchy Domestic Goddess:

If you’ve given birth in the United States in the past three years, you are eligible to participate in The Birth Survey. Thanks to The Birth Survey: Transparency in Maternity Care, “women can now give consumer reviews of doctors, midwives, hospitals, and birth centers, learn about the choices and birth experiences of others, and view data on hospital and birth center standard practices and intervention rates.” If enough women take this survey, it could have a serious impact on maternity care in the U.S.

The survey was developed by The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services or the CIMS. “Our goal is to give women a mechanism that can be used to share information about maternity care practices in their community while at the same time providing practitioners and institutions feedback for quality of care improvement efforts.”

I just took the survey and it took me about 15 minutes to complete it. I then searched for my doctor to see if anyone else had completed the survey, and the search said "no results found". I then did a search for providers in Fort Worth, TX and again it said "no results found". More people need to fill out this survey. It will be a great tool for expectant mothers to use if enough people fill it out.

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