Capital Area BirthNetwork  a chapter of BirthNetwork National
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Birth Survey

The Transparency in Maternity Care Project was birthed in February of 2006 by the Grassroots Advocates Committee (GAC) of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). The GAC is a volunteer group dedicated to insuring public access to quality of care information specifically related to maternity care providers and institutions. Capital Area BirthNetwork is joining with the GAC to promote The Transparency Project in our community.  It is our intention to extend the current social trend toward Transparency in Health Care into the virtually overlooked maternity care arena.


We believe that women of childbearing age must have access to information that will help them choose maternity care providers and institutions that are most compatible with their own philosophies and needs. We hope that the Transparency in Maternity Care Project will provide information that will help women make fully informed maternity care decisions.

We also believe that maternity care practitioners and institutions must have access to feedback from their patients. We hope that doctors, midwives, and hospital administrators will find the information generated through the Transparency in Maternity Care Project useful in quality improvement efforts.


SHARE: At the heart of the project is an on-going, online consumer survey, “The Birth Survey,” which asks women to provide feedback about their birth experience with a particular doctor or midwife and within a specific birth environment. Currently, “The Birth Survey” is only available as a pilot in NYC.

   • CONNECT:  Responses will be made available online to other women in their community who are deciding where and with whom to birth.  Women can view feedback on hospitals, birth centers, doctors and midwives in their communities.

   • LEARN: Paired with this experiential data will be official statistics from state departments of health listing obstetrical intervention rates at the facility level.  Consumers can view data on hospital and birth center intervention rates and practices.  This data will be added to the website as we make it available.