As Women Face Increased Risk from Delaying Motherhood, the Women’s Choice Award® Shows Where to Find America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics

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Having a child later in life poses certain risks. The 2017 list of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics from the Women’s Choice Award provides women with guidance for getting top quality care based on patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

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As the trend of women waiting longer to start their families continues, having the Women’s Choice Award seal is especially important for moms who face increased risk and need a top hospital to provide her care.

The Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare, today announced America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics for 2017. Center for Disease Control (CDC) research shows American women continue to delay having children, which tends to be associated with a range of birth outcomes, such as multiple births and birth defects. According to the CDC, from 2000 to 2014, the proportion of first births to women aged 30–34 and women aged 35 and over rose 28% and 23%, respectively.

The Women’s Choice Award educates all women where to receive the best care and focuses its research on hospitals that provide the highest quality patient experience, especially important for potential labor complications.

The methodology for America’s Best Hospital for Obstetrics Award is unique in that it combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in obstetric services based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

The America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics distinction is based on consideration of the following specific criteria:

  • The percentage of patients reporting through the HCAHPS survey that they would definitely recommend the hospital
  • Patient safety ranking based on 11 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ measures of infection and complication rates
  • Presence of a level III or level IV neonatal intensive care unit onsite (NICU)
  • Low rates of early elective deliveries
  • Baby-Friendly USA designation, a World Health Organization (WHO)/United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) initiative to support best practices for breast feeding education and counseling

“Pregnancy is one of the most special times in a woman’s life,” said Delia Passi founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “Our award gives a woman the confidence that her choice of a hospital for her delivery will be the best in terms of quality care and patient safety for her and her baby. As the trend of women waiting longer to start their families continues, having the Women’s Choice Award seal is especially important for moms who face increased risk and need a top hospital to provide her care.”

The following hospitals have joined the Women’s Choice Award in empowering women and their families to make the best healthcare choices:

Andrews Women’s Hospital at Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Baptist Medical Center East, Montgomery, AL
Boone Hospital Center, Columbia, MO
Cary Medical Center, Caribou, ME
Castle Medical Center, Kailua, HI
Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory, NC
Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Wesley Chapel, FL
Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City, IL
Greenwich Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, Greenwich, CT
Gunnison Valley Hospital, Gunnison, UT
Hill Country Memorial Hospital, Fredericksburg, TX
Hoag Women's Health Institute, Newport Beach, CA
Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center & Clinic, Honolulu, HI
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, Santa Rosa, CA
King's Daughters Medical Center, Brookhaven, MS
Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette, LA
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, Boardman, OH
Mercy Medical Center – Clinton, Clinton, IA
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, Jasper, GA
Pullman Regional Hospital, Pullman, WA
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT
Saint Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
Sky Ridge Medical Center, Lone Tree, CO
South County Hospital, Wakefield, RI
St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, KY
St. Joseph’s Health, Syracuse, NY
St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, NY
St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington, LA
Tahoe Forest Hospital, Truckee, CA
The Valley Hospital's Center for Childbirth, Ridgewood, NJ
Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, TN

For the full list of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics for 2017, please visit https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/obstetrics/

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD®
The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016 for a second consecutive year. Visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/ to learn more.

The information contained in this release is not permitted to be used in a non-press related context without the express prior written consent of the Women’s Choice Award.

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