Posts tagged with 'cesarean'

From the TMC blog: Helping Pregnant Women Become Partners in Their Care

From the desk of: Maureen Corry

The quality of maternity care in our country needs improvement. While transforming the maternity care system will take time, there is progress to report.

In February, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) released a groundbreaking consensus statement on the overuse of cesarean. The statement confirms that the procedure is too often used in ways that do not improve maternal and child health outcomes.

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Filed in Blog, New Reports and Resources on Mon., Apr 14, 2014

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From the TMC blog: Listening to Mothers III survey shows moms deserve better in pregnancy and birth

We recently published the results of Listening to Mothers III, the third national U.S. survey of women’s pregnancy and birth experiences. As with previous Listening to Mothers surveys, the latest data show that risky procedures are overused, many beneficial practices are underused, and all too often women lack the support and knowledge required to effectively navigate their maternity care.

We’ve made it easier than ever for you share the survey findings to help improve policy, practice, research, and advocacy.

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Filed in Blog, New Reports and Resources on Tue., May 28, 2013

From the TMC blog: “Choosing Wisely” in maternity care: ACOG and AAFP urge women to question elective deliveries

Last April, the ABIM Foundation, with Consumer Reports and other partners, drew national attention to overuse of ineffective and harmful practices across the health care system with their Choosing Wisely campaign. As part of the campaign, professional medical societies identified practices within their own specialties that patients should avoid or question carefully. Today, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) have joined the campaign, drawing national attention to the overuse and misuse of induction of labor. ACOG and AAFP are telling women and their maternity care providers:

- Don’t schedule elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor or cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks 0 days gestational age.
- Don’t schedule elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor between 39 weeks 0 days and 41 weeks 0 days unless the cervix is deemed favorable.

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Filed in Blog, New Reports and Resources on Thu., Feb 21, 2013

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From the TMC blog: 5 reasons birth centers have met their moment

Childbirth Connection has been advocating for greater access to birth centers for much of our 95 year history. We opened the first urban birth center in 1975 and helped found the organization that would later become the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC). Our director from 1970 to 1995, Ruth Lubic, went on to win a MacArthur “Genius” Award for her pioneering work in birth center innovation. Although the number of birth centers has increased in the intervening decades, birth centers remain a very small segment of the health care system. Just 0.3% of U.S. births take place in birth centers.

But a new study out today and a congressional briefing next week are sure to heighten attention to this high-quality, high-value care option. Added to other trends and recent developments, we anticipate this new study will trigger rapid growth in birth centers, and more focused and innovative efforts to integrate birth centers into the health care system. Here are 5 reasons birth centers have met their moment.

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Filed in Blog, Clinicians, Consumers, Costs - Charges - Value, Hospitals and Health Systems, New Reports and Resources on Thu., Jan 31, 2013

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From the TMC blog: Overuse of c-sections: bad for women, babies, and the bottom line

Last month, Childbirth Connection issued Cesarean or Vaginal Birth: What Is At Stake for Mothers and Babies, a best evidence review cataloging dozens of adverse outcomes made more common by cesarean surgery. Maternal infections, prolonged pain, life-threatening complications, and childhood chronic illnesses – evidence demonstrates cesarean increases the likelihood of each of these. These risks are appropriate tradeoffs in some circumstances when cesarean offers a clear benefit. But a growing chorus of obstetric leaders and maternity care reformers are warning that the c-section rate is too high. For the benefit of public health – for the 4 million women who give birth every year and their 4 million babies – we must work to safely rein in the overuse of c-sections.

Today, we learn the extent to which c-section overuse is driving up health care costs, too. Together with Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, we have issued The Cost of Having a Baby in the United States, prepared by Truven Health Analytics.

What is at stake for payers? Not only do unwarranted c-sections create greater health risks for women and babies, this study shows that they also dramatically increase costs for employers and, through Medicaid programs, state and federal budgets.

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Filed in Blog, Costs - Charges - Value, New Reports and Resources on Mon., Jan 7, 2013

From the TMC blog: In the pipeline: Get ready for a flurry of landmark reports and resources to transform maternity care

Childbirth Connection’s 95-year history includes many landmark reports and resources that have shaped maternity care and galvanized needed progress. It may seem like things have been quiet on that front for a while, but that’s about to change, just in time for our 95th birthday.

Get ready for a flurry of resources to help transform maternity care. We’ve been hard at work to produce these new reports and will soon make them freely available for all stakeholders to use to help push for high-quality, high-value maternity care.

Here’s what’s in the pipeline and the estimated date of delivery (EDD) for each:

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Filed in Blog, New Reports and Resources on Wed., Dec 5, 2012

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From the TMC blog: Sign-up Now for October 10 Webinar on New National Goals and Strategies to Reduce Early Elective Delivery and Cesarean Section in Low-Risk Women

Over the last nine months, the Maternity Action Team, comprised of nearly 30 public and private organizations, has set aspirational goals and worked on the development and implementation of a plan to reduce elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks to 5% or less and reduce cesarean section in low-risk women to 15% or less. This effort is focused on three key strategies: 1) Increasing uptake of The Joint Commission perinatal core measure set; 
2) Implementing hard-stop policies and checklists; and 
3) Aligning consumer and provider messaging.

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Filed in Blog, Webinars on Tue., Oct 2, 2012

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From the TMC blog: Hospital charges still all over the map

You can get from New Jersey to Maryland in less than an hour, but despite the proximity, New Jersey hospitals, on average, charge 3-4 times more than Maryland hospitals for both vaginal and cesarean births. This is just one of the notable facts gleaned from Childbirth Connection’s analyses of the latest maternity charges data. Although the data do not show whether higher charges reflect better care, researchers who look at price variation generally find no relation between prices and the quality of care, complexity of patient care needs, or costs of actually delivering care. Such unwarranted price variation amounts to billions in wasted spending across the health care system, according to a February report from Thomson Reuters that looked at various hospital procedures.

New charts compiled by Childbirth Connection (PDF) show the significant price variation across states that report average labor and birth hospital charges to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). The chart set also includes average prices charged by birth centers, which fall well below charges for uncomplicated vaginal births in hospitals. State-by-state analyses (PDF) show charges increasing year-to-year, and reveal differences by mode of birth and presence or absence of complications.

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Filed in Blog, Costs - Charges - Value on Wed., May 9, 2012

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From the TMC blog: Caesar’s Ghost: National Health Policy Forum Focuses on Cesareans

On March 31, the eve of Cesarean Awareness Month, the National Health Policy Forum addressed the rising rate of cesarean section in the United States. The Forum is a non-partisan organization that offers educational programming and other health policy resources to congressional and federal agency staff.

Caesar’s Ghost: The Effect of the Rising Rate of C-Sections on Health Care Costs and Quality, explored the drivers and consequences of the increasing c-section rate and public- and private-sector initiatives to achieve a more optimal rate. Forum presenters included:

More information about the program and the full slide set from each presenter are available from the National Health Policy Forum.


Filed in Blog, Clinicians, Costs - Charges - Value, Hospitals and Health Systems on Tue., Apr 3, 2012

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From the Field: National Rally for Change

Our goal is to reduce the unnecessary induction and c-section rate in the US. This first project is meant to raise awareness and consciousness to the mainstream public. Our desire was for an event on such a mass scale that all major media outlets would pick up the story and continue to do stories both before and after the event.

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Filed in Clinical controversies, Community education/outreach, Decision making and choice, Progress, Stories from the Field on Wed., Mar 28, 2012

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