WMM? Maternity Care Snapshot

A quick, anonymous survey.  We aim to have snapshots from all over the world.  Here’s how it works:  If you have given birth in the last five years, answer the questions and email your responses, numbered 1-10, to info@wheresmymidwife.org.  It’s that simple!  We will post surveys periodically so we all have the chance to get a brief glimpse of what birth is like in other communities.  We hope that this will help to get women asking questions.  Why are there so many options in ______, when I only have ______ to choose from in my community?  To get responses from a large, diverse community, we need your help.  Please click the share on Facebook and Twitter links on the left side of the page, and email the questions and instructions (or just send a link to this post) to women you know who have given birth in the last five years.  If you would like to include a photo, you can email it with your answers.  Just remember, a photo may take the anonymity out of your survey answers.

I completed the survey so you can see how it will look:

 

 

  1. Where are you?  (city, state, provence, country)  Wilmington, NC USA
  2. Within 25 miles of your home, how many Obstetricians?  Midwives?  73 OBs (according to my health insurance provider), 4 midwives (licensed by the state and currently catching babies
  3. Within 25 miles of your home, how many hospitals with labor and delivery?  Birth Centers?  1 hospital, no birth center
  4. How would you describe your community? (rural, suburban, urban)  suburban
  5. Describing your most recent birth experience, who was your attendant (if any)?  obstetrician or midwife?  midwife
  6. How many home birth practitioners are available?  OB or Midwife?  1 midwife
  7. Are there any doulas serving your community? How many?    yes, 11
  8. Are childbirth education classes available?  yes
  9. How happy are you with your maternity care options?  (Very Happy, Pleased, Disappointed)  Disappointed – not with my midwives, just the lack of options
  10. If you could change one thing about maternity care in your community, what would it be?  I would love to have a birth center in Wilmington
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5 thoughts on “WMM? Maternity Care Snapshot

  1. 1.Where are you? (city, state, provence, country) Wilmington, NC USA2.Within 25 miles of your home, how many Obstetricians? Midwives? 73 OBs (according to my health insurance provider), 4 midwives (licensed by the state and currently catching babies3.Within 25 miles of your home, how many hospitals with labor and delivery? Birth Centers? 1 hospital, no birth center4.How would you describe your community? (rural, suburban, urban) suburban5.Describing your most recent birth experience, who was your attendant (if any)? obstetrician or midwife? midwife6.How many home birth practitioners are available? OB or Midwife? 1 midwife7.Are there any doulas serving your community? How many? yes, 118.Are childbirth education classes available? yes9.How happy are you with your maternity care options? (Very Happy, Pleased, Disappointed) Disappointed – not with my midwives, just the lack of options10.If you could change one thing about maternity care in your community, what would it be? I would love to have a birth center in Wilmington

  2. Have you considered making this an online survey? You may get better results and it would be easier to forward to friends. If you'd like, I could do it for you (it's my kind of thing!) You would also avoid missing questions, and could summarize answers more quickly.

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