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Study measures hospitals’ maternity care

June 26, 2019
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Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming was one of seven hospitals in West Michigan that fully meet standards for maternity care. Photo via fb.com

A recent report shows seven hospitals in West Michigan are among nine in the state that fully meet standards for maternity care.

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit focused on health safety, measured 48 Michigan hospitals in its 2019 Maternity Care Report, which analyzes hospital performance in three key areas: cesarean sections, early elective delivery and episiotomy rates.

Only 20% of all hospitals are fully meeting Leapfrog’s standards on all three of these measures, the nonprofit said.

“If the reporting hospitals reduced unnecessary C-sections by one percent, more babies would stay out of NICUs and an estimated $46.9 million could be saved in maternity health care costs just in Michigan,” said Bret Jackson, president of Economic Alliance for Michigan, the state regional leader for The Leapfrog Group. “Parents need to educate themselves on which birth centers may put the mother and newborn in a higher risk for unnecessary procedures.”

The report is based on results of the 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, with data voluntarily submitted by more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals.

In Michigan, 17 of the reporting 48 hospitals fully meet the standards for cesarean births, and nine hospitals fully meet all three standards.

Michigan hospitals meeting Leapfrog maternity standards

Bronson Battle Creek Hospital

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Grand Rapids

Metro Health, Wyoming

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, Fremont

Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph

Spectrum Health Pennock, Hastings

Spectrum Health United Hospital, Greenville

Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit

Munson Medical Center, Traverse City

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