Maternity care (Leapfrog Group)

The descriptions for this measure come from source:

“A patient that will be delivering a baby should choose a hospital that adheres to evidence that promotes a healthy outcome for both the mother and the baby.   This includes delivering the baby at the appropriate developmental age, using an appropriate delivery method, and following recommended processes of care.”

About this measure

The Leapfrog Group scores Maternity Care using data on four different measures: 
  • Rate of Babies Electively Delivered Before Full-Term
  • Episiotomy Rate
  • Screening Newborns for Jaundice Before Discharge
  • Preventing blood clots in women undergoing cesarean section
The Leapfrog Group creates a single score for overall maternity care performance.  
The performance for each individual measure is available at Leapfrog Group Maternity Care.
Our performance is better than the target for 3 of the 4 measures. It is not at target for the measure, Rate of Babies Electively Delivered Before Full-Term, based on the way this measure was defined when these data were collected.  Since then, Leapfrog Group and the Joint Commission revised the definition for early elective deliveries, to be consistent with recommendations of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG),  which found that it is appropriate for patients with specific medical conditions to deliver their babies prior to 39 weeks gestation.  Future reports of this measure will reflect the new definition and Northwestern Memorial performance is fully in compliance.
Scores are reported as:
1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets Standards

Note: In this case, a higher number is better.

Most Recent Available Data (Leapfrog Points)
Northwestern Memorial 3
Leapfrog Goal Fully Meets Standards 4
Source:Leapfrog Group,
Maternity Care