giving back

after finding out i was pregnant, the next step was to determine where i was going to have my baby and who was going to deliver it. i didn't have any specific decisions made other than wanting to have my child in a hospital. i'm the type of person that wants to be prepared for whatever could happen. i didn't want to have a home birth nor did i want to give birth at a birthing center that was not attached to a hospital. i was too afraid of something bad happening and having to take a ride in an ambulance, which i did not want to do.

i went to my primary care doctor to make sure i was really pregnant and she referred me to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, a ten minute drive from where i live. i had no problem with that, since i wanted a hospital birth anyway. she also referred me to the most amazing ob/gyn i could have asked for, dr. amy card. i couldn't have been happier with her. she was so comforting, funny and easy to talk to. she answered all of my questions in a way that i could easily understand and she never made me feel uncomfortable. she was wonderful.

when it came time to deliver my baby, my doctor was not on-call. i started my labor with another doctor in the practice, dr. carol morcos. she was wonderful as well. however, my labor lasted long enough that dr. card was able to deliver landon! it was great.

now, the reason i am writing about this is because i happened to stumble upon this blog, which i now follow religiously. c: she was writing about something called The Birth Survey. i was intrigued and delved deeper into the post. after reading, i just HAD to take the survey myself. "The Birth Survey is structured around the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) evidence-based 10 Steps to Mother-Friendly Care and other quality of care indicators. The creation of The Birth Survey has been inspired by Childbirth Connection's Listening to Mothers Survey (Harris Interactive, October 2002) and the A-CAHPS (Ambulatory Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) program and surveys.

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.

Women need accurate, objective data in order to make fully informed choices about birth settings and providers. Practitioners and hospital administrators also need data to evaluate whether they are delivering quality care. We hope this project will fill a void by providing much needed information that benefits all parties engaged in maternity care."

i strongly encourage anyone that has had a child to take the survey, and anyone that is trying to decide on where to have their child should read it.

1 comment:

thanks for the input!