We also keep a collection of links to other sources of useful maternity data: Hospital- and provider-level maternity statistics | State- and city- level statistics | National data | International comparison data
The winner of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge, this tool was designed to demonstrate geographic variation in access, procedure use, outcomes, and costs of maternity care in the United States.
This fact sheet updates various national maternity statistics provided in Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve with new data now available. The most recent update was December 2012.
Childbirth Connection’s landmark national Listening to Mothers surveys shed light on childbearing women’s attitudes, beliefs, preferences and knowledge, as well as maternity care practices and family and employment life. They report on many items that are not otherwise gathered at the national level. They also provide what are likely to be more accurate estimates for many items that are collected but are known to be undercounted on birth certificates and in hospital discharge records.
Using data from the AHRQ Healthcare Utilization Project and the American Association of Birth Centers, these charts demonstrate variation in facility charges by site (birth center or hospital) and type of birth (vaginal with/without complications or cesarean with/without complications.)
Charts demonstrating average provider and facility payments for maternity care in the United States versus other industrialized countries are also available.
The Leapfrog Hospital Survey – The Leapfrog Group, an organization representing employers working to drive quality improvement and value in health care, collects and reports data from hundreds of participating hospitals on the following quality measures (see definitions of these from NQF):
- elective delivery prior to 39 completed weeks gestation (Leapfrog also provides a dedicated resource to compare hospitals on this measure)
- appropriate blood clot prevention measures in women having cesareans
- screening newborns for jaundice
- infants under 1500g delivered at appropriate hospital
VBAC policy database – compiled by the International Cesarean Awareness Network, this database provides information about the VBAC policies of each hospital in the United States.
California cesarean rates, by hospital
California maternity data, interactive map of variation across hospital service areas
California maternity data, by hospital, including breastfeeding, episiotomy, VBAC, cesarean section, and NICU availability
March of Dimes Peristats – state-level statistics including rate of preterm birth, low birth weight, multiple birth, prenatal care adequacy, maternal smoking, and infant mortality.
Kaiser State Health Facts: Mandated Maternity Coverage – compare state policies on mandated maternity coverage in the individual and small group markets.
Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) – state-level reports of aggregate data about maternity care facilities’ breastfeeding practices, compiled by the CDC.
Women’s Health USA Reproductive and Maternal Health Data – an illustrated collection of current and historical data, published annually by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.
OECD Health Data – the most frequently requested data, including cesarean and infant mortality rates are available for download. Other data are available by request.
World Health Statistics – annual compilation of data from the 193 member states of the World Health Organization. Maternity data include maternal mortality, neonatal mortality and morbidity, antenatal care coverage, cesarean rate, and skilled attendance at birth.