The 2013 Healthgrades Reports Women Need to Lean In

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Healthgrades. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

According to Healthgrades, when we approach our health and the care we receive, we need to lean in, ask questions, investigate options and take charge of our healthcare futures. “Lean In”, the theme of this year’s report, builds on the popularity of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook’s, best-selling book.

Our arrival in New York from New Zealand was delayed due to paperwork at the US government level. I arrived in New York 6 and a half months pregnant and my search for an OBGYN in a new country, with a healthcare system foreign to me was not easy. No one wanted to take me on, that late in the pregnancy I was considered a risk.

As I reached 32 weeks, I  remember breaking down in tears on the phone with one receptionist. My first born was 3.5 weeks early and doctors in New Zealand told me their was a 95% likelihood that this one would come early too – the clock was ticking and I was at risk of going into labor and having a complete stranger deliver my baby. This was scary and also stark contrast to my first delivery which was an all natural delivery in a hospital with a midwife I’d had a relationship with since the 12th week of my pregnancy.

It was at that point that thankfully I discovered Healthgrades online. I was able to search on a variety of values, such as region, doctor’s qualifications and background as well as star ratings from other moms. I tracked down a doctor that had a gentle approach to obstetrics and I ultimately my wishes were maintained at the labor. 

Healthgrades’ Maternity Care ratings are based on the analysis and equal weighting of the four factors listed below.

  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing vaginal deliveries
  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing cesarean-sections (C-sections)
  • Number of newborns adjusted for the percentage that were low birth weight
  • Newborn risk-adjusted mortality
So on top of being able to choose a doctor I felt would respect and help me have the delivery I envisioned, Healthgrades was also invaluable in putting my mind at ease about the hospital I was going to give birth at.  Because my plan was always to have a hypnobirth, it was important to me to have a doctor that could support my want for a non-medicated birth, within a hospital that had a low complication rate.

Healthgrades evaluates clinical outcomes for women not only in the female-specific specialties of maternity care and gynecologic surgery, but also in orthopedic, cardiovascular, and critical care. As heads of households, us moms not only have to find our own specialists, but also doctors and specialists for our husbands and kids. I’ve had a great experience with this website and have continued to use it to search for dentist and a primary care doctor.

My baby girl, born via hypnobirth with no complications in Manhattan

The person you entrust to help you give birth to a new life should be vetted, and should be someone you are comfortable with.

I encourage you to download Healthgrades 2013 Women’s Health Report: “Lean In” When Making Healthcare Decisions to Get Your Best Outcome and use it as you make decisions on your family’s health providers. This report evaluates the quality of healthcare for women in American hospitals and recognizes top-performing hospitals throughout the country for their achievement in addressing a variety of women’s health issues. 

Have you ever used Healthgrades or had a need to research a new doctor?

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.
14 Responses to The 2013 Healthgrades Reports Women Need to Lean In
  1. Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen
    July 16, 2013 | 2:24 pm

    I have never used it but have used similar services. I’m upset because only one doctor is taking patients and I am not happy with his care.
    Randa @ The Bewitchin’ Kitchen recently posted..Cake Decorating With Profile

  2. Melissa Vera
    July 16, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    I have never used them but glad they were such a success for you. Congrats on your new little one.
    Melissa Vera recently posted..Restored and RenewedMy Profile

  3. Mitch
    Twitter: gaynycdad
    July 16, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    I had no idea this had happened G.!
    thanks for sharing your story,
    Mitch recently posted..Wordless Wednesday – Crabs, Part 1! w/Linky!My Profile

    • Ghada V
      July 16, 2013 | 3:44 pm

      It was pretty nightmarish, Mitch. The first 2 or so months in NYC were rough! But, I’m out the other side and absolutely loving it now :)

  4. JENN
    July 16, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    YOUR belly is so cute! Good luck with the labour! Hopefully this little one stays in a little longer! all the best!

  5. Dawn Lopez
    July 16, 2013 | 3:25 pm

    This is my first time hearing about Healthgrades, but it sounds like an invaluable resource! So happy to hear that your baby was healthy.. and absolutely gorgeous too! Thanks for sharing 😉
    Dawn Lopez recently posted..Summer Pick Me Up with Glaceau fruitwater® #sparklingtruth #adMy Profile

    • Ghada V
      July 16, 2013 | 4:23 pm

      Thanks, Dawn. It is a great resource

  6. Wendi S
    August 12, 2013 | 9:47 am

    I have never used them because I have heard of them but I always assumed they were federal reports. (Don’t I feel stupid?!) I am glad your birth was what you wanted and you got a gorgeous little baby!

  7. Great article.
    Hearthable – Hearthstone Mastery Guide System By Lacy Arnold recently posted..Hearthable – Hearthstone Mastery Guide System By Lacy ArnoldMy Profile

  8. Life Reverter Diabetics Download
    July 2, 2014 | 4:56 pm

    I enjoy reading through an article that will make
    men and women think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!
    Life Reverter Diabetics Download recently posted..Life Reverter Diabetics DownloadMy Profile

  9. Mi Numerologia System Download
    July 4, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!!

    Finally I have found something that helped me.
    Mi Numerologia System Download recently posted..Mi Numerologia System DownloadMy Profile

  10. Does Plain Forex Trading System Work
    July 4, 2014 | 7:00 pm

    Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so
    I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing.
    Do you have any points for novice blog writers?
    I’d definitely appreciate it.
    Does Plain Forex Trading System Work recently posted..Does Plain Forex Trading System WorkMy Profile

  11. MT4 Robots System Scam
    July 23, 2014 | 7:30 pm

    Greetings, I think your web site might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening
    in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Aside from that, fantastic site!
    MT4 Robots System Scam recently posted..MT4 Robots System ScamMy Profile

  12. CBSE
    October 23, 2014 | 6:24 pm

    I do not even know how I stopped up here,
    but I thought this put up was once great. I do not recognise who you might be however definitely you are going to a well-known blogger in the event
    you aren’t already. Cheers!
    CBSE recently posted..CBSEMy Profile

KiwiCanadian expat adventures with my husband and 2 kids from life in New Zealand to New York and back again. Adventures in inspired family living, travel, health & fitness.Read More »