We all know that making informed choices about health care providers and childbirth facilities can be really frustrating for the women we work with because of the lack of readily accessible information. It can be easier to get quality information about a car or even a blender than it is to get information about health services. The good news is: transparency in health care is an issue whose time has come!
Background: Government agencies and numerous experts are increasingly calling for more transparency in health care. The 2001 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Crossing the Quality Chasm, underscores transparency as one of ten key steps necessary to overall health care system improvement. According to the IOM report, transparency in our health care system is essential to help patients make informed choices about their care. People need to be able to compare the practices and attitudes of health care providers and institutions. Health care experts agree that transparency in care is a priority for making the best health care decisions.
Action: The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) believes that maternity care must be also be transparent, and they have developed the "Transparency in Maternity Care Project" so that:
1. mothers can share their experiences through "The Birth Survey", (www.thebirthsurvey.com)
2. families can learn about the choices and birth experiences of others, and
3. everyone can easily view data on hospital and birth center intervention rates and practices at one website.
When: Starting August 15th, all women who have given birth in the United States in the last three years can share their birth experiences by going on-line and taking "The Birth Survey". It's free and takes about 20 minutes to complete. The data from these surveys will be a valuable and powerful resource for women, so please strongly encourage the women you work with to get on-line and particpate in this project. For more information, visit: www.thebirthsurvey.com.
Finally, if you are well-connected to other moms, or work with children or maternity services, or have a background in publicity, or otherwise have relevant skills or a platform for reaching a large audience for this project, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to see how you can get involved. Any effort, big or small, is needed to launch this project.Type your cut contents here.