Midwives appreciate and utilize interventions when necessary, but many midwives are being pressured to use invasive and costly interventions when caring for women with low risk pregnancies. The basis for these pressures has less to do with optimal care and more to do with convenience, profit, and liability fears. How can midwives influence this process? Sharing collective midwifery data may be the key.
In this article from the fall 2011 issue of Quickening, Susan Fisher, CNM, describes how midwives at the Athens Regional Medical Center Midwifery Practice in Georgia gather their benchmarking data and achieved "best practice" status for their low 3rd and 4th degree laceration rates.