The Birth Survey Is Now Available Nationwide

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The Birth Survey Is Now Available Nationwide As part of the Transparency in Maternity Care Project, the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) developed The Birth Survey as a free online resource for new mothers in the United States to share their 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.  Women who have given birth within the past three years can take the anonymous online consumer feedback survey. The survey asks mothers a variety of questions about their satisfaction with their maternity care providers and birth setting, and includes their feedback in the results. In addition to the consumer data, the Web site will begin to list obstetrical intervention data for each hospital as provided by state Departments of Health. The Birth Survey is designed to help women find quality providers and birth settings that are the best match for their needs and lifestyles. Providers and facilities also will be able to utilize The Birth Survey as a consumer feedback and quality improvement tool. Help spread the word about The Birth Survey! Send personalized e-mails to your contacts encouraging them to take the survey, or learn about the project, through our “Invite a Friend” tool. Post Web banners and buttons on your personal or organizational Web sites, or link to in your e-mail signature and on your Web site. Distribute postcards inviting women to take The Birth Survey. Download the postcards or order preprinted postcards from the CIMS Web site.

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