How Safe is Michigan’s Maternity Care?

February 23rd, 2015

How Safe is Michigan’s Maternity Care?

Overall Michigan ranks higher than most states, continues to improve

Nonprofit watchdog The Leapfrog Group today released its Maternity Care Report, an in-depth examination of hospital quality and safety for early elective deliveries, episiotomies and high-risk deliveries, with data analysis by Castlight Health.  The survey results positioned Michigan as one of the best in the country for maternity care but there is much room for improvement.  The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM) is the regional coordinator for The Leapfrog Group.

Overall Michigan excels Leapfrog’s standards for lower rates of early elective deliveries and use of episiotomies.  40 percent of Michigan’s hospitals meet Leapfrog’s standards for high-risk deliveries; whereas nationally, only 24.4 percent of hospitals meet those standards.

“The Maternity Care Report reveals that hospitals are making continued gains in the quality of maternity care offered, yet the data also demonstrates that there is substantial room for improvement,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “For many employers, labor and delivery account for nearly 25 percent of all hospitalizations, which makes these maternity metrics extremely valuable, as they have the power to help employees make smart health care choices.”

The survey covered four areas:  rate of early elective deliveries, rate of episiotomy, maternity care standard precautions and high-risk deliveries.  Of the 30 Michigan hospitals participating in the maternity survey, only three fully satisfy all four standards.  They are Harper-Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Sparrow Hospital and Health System in Lansing, and Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont.

EAM President Bret Jackson stated, “What we need is more transparency from hospitals around the state.  There are major health systems not participating in the maternity care survey and expectant parents need this valuable information to make the right decision when choosing a birthing center.”

The complete Maternity Care Report is available online at

Today’s report is the first in a series of six reports examining key quality and safety measures at hospitals nationwide based on data from the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey of 1,501 U.S. hospitals and analysis provided by Castlight Health.

For more information about The Leapfrog Group or The Economic Alliance for Michigan please contact Stacy Leick at

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