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Study measures hospitals’ maternity care
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