Expecting parents in Florida may be interested in information on how childbirths may be affected by the quality of the safety programs in place at local hospitals. Some reports contend that the fatalities and injuries associated with problematic childbirths is one of the most significant health care issues in the country. However, a recently report reviews some of the ways four institutions dramatically improved childbirth safety over the past 15 years.
Studies attribute poor communication to approximately 65 percent of the catastrophic outcomes that can occur from a problematic childbirth. Improving training in communication, emergency childbirth response, compliance during high-risk procedures and cesarean section assessment were the common focal points in the safety initiatives. One organization lowered the neonatal fatality rate at over 40 of its hospitals by almost 50 percent, despite it being 62 percent below the country's average at the onset of the campaign.