Intro Text In the spirit of public disclosure, the BBN is creating the Maternity Health Care Survey. Stay tuned to take the survey.

When a woman and her family are seeking a health care provider during pregnancy, many are concerned with questions such as the percentage of c-sections an individual doctor performs or the rate of episiotomies in a particular hospital. Hearing one or two birth stories from one doctor or one hospital can distort the care routinely delivered. Yet basic statistics on maternity care are almost impossible to obtain.

Both the BBN and individual consumers have asked numerous doctors and institutions in Bangalore for basic statistics concerning birth interventions such as induction of labor and c-section rates. In most cases we have been told pregnancy and childbirth related statistics are not available to the public. In fact, private hospitals and doctors are not required by law to provide this information to the public.

In reality, individual doctors and hospitals often routinely collect data on certain birth interventions, especially c-section and induction rates. This information may or may not be shared across an institute for a variety of reasons, one of which would be improvement of services.

Numerous studies have shown that public reporting of health care performance improves the quality of care. The BBN supports this view and encourages all individual care providers and institutions to collect data on interventions important to women – the consumer they are serving – and make this data public knowledge.

In the spirit of public disclosure, the BBN is creating a Maternity Health Care Survey.

The goal of the survey is to foster greater transparency in maternity care to empower the consumer and improve the quality of care.

We will achieve this goal through our objectives which are to:

1) Provide a forum for women to relate their birth experience in a way that can help other women

2) Provide women giving birth in Bangalore with an impression of their options through other women's birthing experiences

3) Build a public archive of information which raises public awareness and highlights the differences between providers and institutions

4) Provide aggregate data to interested individual providers and institutions for their quality of care improvement efforts.

Stay tuned for our Maternity Health Care Survey. Watch this space.