OK, these mothers say, quality measures are important, but I don’t want to make a decision based on stats alone.
So here’s a way to translate these measures (which experts say are good ways to assess quality) into an action plan. It’s a list of questions you can use when choosing the doctor or midwife who will help deliver your baby.
Question: What is your C-section rate?
Background: Many childbirth experts say 15 percent is a good target rate. If the rate for your doctor or the hospital where he or she works is higher, have a conversation about why.