Resources for Choosing a Place of Birth
Childbirth Connection

Find Online Quality Information to Compare Hospitals in Your Area

  • 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.
  • provides hospital-level total cesarean rates for all 50 states.
  • Quality Check includes results of several measures from The Joint Commission’s Perinatal Care core set from hospitals with 1,100 or more births/year (and those with 300-1,100 births are being added).
  • Hospital Compare has hospital-level early elective delivery rates.
  • Many states have their own websites for this purpose, such as California’s, with the following measures for all hospitals: low-risk first-birth cesarean, exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge, episiotomy and two VBAC rates.

Find a Local Out-of-Hospital Birth Center

Find a Local Care Provider for a Home Birth

  • The American College of Nurse-Midwives’ Find a Midwife tool helps you locate a nearby midwife who may be able to attend a home birth.
  • Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) will provide a list of MANA members in your state (MANA members have many different types of credentials).
  • Citizens for Midwifery offers this collection of state-by-state midwifery laws and organizations. Contact state organizations to find midwives practicing in your preferred setting.