Make Informed Choices for Your Maternity Care

May 1, 2024

Having a baby is one of life’s most exciting experiences, but the type of care received in the hospital can vary greatly. Women and families should use Leapfrog's Hospital Survey results to consider which hospital they’d like to use for their child’s delivery. 

In addition to the six measures that Leapfrog scores and publicly reports, Leapfrog believes additional information about the maternity care services that a hospital offers may be helpful for patient decision-making. To help inform those that will be delivering a baby, Leapfrog publicly reports on whether a hospital offers the following maternity care services: 

  1. Certified nurse-midwives for delivery 

  1. Doulas for labor and delivery 

  1. Breastfeeding/lactation consultants 

  1. Vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) 

  1. Postpartum tubal ligation during the labor and delivery admission 

The Leapfrog Group Maternity Care Tool makes it possible to search for hospitals near you using criteria such as c-section and episiotomy rates as well as if they have midwives and lactation services or allow you to bring in your own doula. 


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