Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a site that contained information and reviews of hospitals, birth centers, doctors, and midwives? Guess what? There is! The Birth Survey has been up and running for a few years now and it is turning out to be quite the useful tool.
The Birth Survey believes that all women should be able to access information in regards to maternity care providers and locations. Through this site, you can look up information on hospitals or birthing centers that you might be considering, you can check out what others think of the doctors or midwives who are on your potential provider list.
This site is not just about getting information however; it’s also a place for mothers to give information. If you have given birth in the last 3 years, you can fill out a survey on your prenatal care, labor and delivery, postpartum care, how you felt about your providers and so much more. By filling out the survey, you not only provide more information for other women to benefit from but your information may also be used by providers and facilities to help them evaluate how they are doing.
I wish there had been such a resource as this when I was pregnant with my first. It would have been wonderful to see what others had to say about the doctor I had decided to go with and the hospital I delivered at.
In addition to giving and getting survey results, The Birth Survey also provides intervention rates. Statistics on deliveries is something that should be required of providers to well…. provide. However, there are only a few states in the US that require providers to tell their patients their rates of c-sections, interventions, VBAC’s and so on. I don’t know about you but if I was provided with that kind of information it would definitely influence which provider I choose to deliver my baby.
The Birth Survey is doing a wonderful job of sharing the information and allowing women to better choose their maternity providers and facilities. I encourage you to check it out; see if your provider or facility is on there and see the reviews. Have you given birth in the last 3 years? Take the time to fill out the survey. It only takes a few minutes but this simple task with share your reviews and ratings with others and will help The Birth Survey become an even greater resource.