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NJ DOH Releases Report Card of Hospital Maternity Care in New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Health released the first New Jersey Report Card of Hospital Maternity Care that includes interactive data on hospital-specific and statewide surgical births, complication rates and severe maternal birth complications. The Report Card — which is based on 2016 data — provides information on the quality of maternity care provided at each of New Jersey’s 49 birthing hospitals. Its release is part of the Department’s statutory requirement under P.L. 2018, c.82 to publish it annually. This data is part of the Department’s Maternal Data Center which will be updated regularly with resources for the public and providers, and the Department’s latest maternal health data.

The public Report Card dashboard allows users to select a New Jersey birthing hospital and view the total number of births, methods of delivery and complication rates — postpartum hemorrhage, third- and fourth-degree perineal lacerations, high vaginal lacerations, post-admission infections and severe maternal morbidity. It enables users to compare rates by hospital and view statewide breakdowns by race. Outcomes by factors such as a mother’s race/ethnicity, age, education level, pre-pregnancy body mass index and health insurance type can also be selected.

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