The American Association of Birth Centers is the best single source of information about out-of-hospital (or "freestanding") birth centers in the United States. Here you will find more information on the birth center concept, FAQs, a brochure and more.
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The Leapfrog Group reports maternity statistics from more than 1,100 U.S. hospitals that volunteer to participate (figures include a cesarean rate measure in low-risk, first-birth women; early elective birth, which should be avoided; and episiotomy).
Why Not The Best reports hospital-level data for selected states on total cesarean rate, primary (initial) cesarean rate, total VBAC rate, low-risk VBAC rate, and early elective delivery.
Consumer Reports provides data for more than 1,100 hospitals that report cesarean rates in low-risk first-birth women.
Many states have their own websites for this purpose, such as California’s CalQualityCare.org, with the following measures for all hospitals: low-risk first-birth cesarean, exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge, episiotomy and two VBAC rates.