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Promoting The Birth Survey
NAME OF ORGANIZATION, AGENCY, OR INSTITUTION
Bay Area Birth Information
PRIMARY CONTACT NAME AND TITLE
Jeanne Batacan, Co-Founder
PROJECT AIM AND GOALS
In the US, it is nearly impossible to access information about the quality of an individual health care provider or institution. The 2001 Institute of Medicine report, Crossing the Quality Chasm, underscores transparency as one of ten key steps necessary to overall health care system improvement.
Women of childbearing age need accurate, objective data in order to make informed choices about birth settings and providers. The Birth Survey, a mechanism to share, systematically track, and retrieve up-to-date information about the quality of care received will equip consumers with the information necessary to make informed decisions and enable individuals to play a larger role in determining their care and to make real informed health care choices.
At the heart of the project is an on-going, online consumer survey, www.thebirthsurvey.com, which allows women to anonymously provide feedback about their birth experience with a particular doctor or midwife and within a specific birth environment. Responses are made available online to anyone deciding where and with whom to birth. Paired with this experiential data are official statistics from state departments of health listing obstetrical intervention rates at the facility level.
BLUEPRINT AREA(S) ADDRESSED
- Performance measurement and leveraging of results
- Clinical controversies (home birth, VBAC, vaginal breech and twin birth, elective induction, cesarean without indication)
- Decision making and consumer choice
- Performance measurement/reporting
- Community education/outreach
- Consumer advocacy or political action
The Birth Survey is a part of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) Transparency in Maternity Care Project. CIMS tracks results. www.motherfriendly.org/
To learn more about TBS, go to: www.motherfriendly.org/grassroots.
To obtain linking buttons and a link to other PR materials go to: www.thebirthsurvey.com/PRMaterials.html
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Jeanne Batacan: firstname.lastname@example.org