BIRTHING CENTER SAFETY RATINGS
The Maternity Care Project has every birthing center in Michigan listed with various safety measurements included to help you in your decision-making process. Find out which hospitals excel at monitoring women and infants after the labor process, which are more likely to perform an unnecessary C-section, and which hospitals are equipped to provide special care to infants who need extra care upon entering this world.
Data strongly demonstrates that EARLY ELECTIVE DELIVERIES, scheduled cesarean sections or medical inductions, performed prior to 39 weeks of gestation without medical necessity—carry risks to both babies and mothers. Early elective deliveries can result in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions, longer stays and higher costs to both patients and payers.
CESAREAN SECTIONS (C-SECTIONS) carry serious risks of infection or blood clots, and many women experience longer recoveries and difficulty with future pregnancies. C-sections can also cause problems for babies, like breathing difficulties that need treatment in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU). The lower a hospital’s C-section rate the more desirable are possible outcomes.
The ratings are updated twice per year.