biopic2In recent years, the word “transparency” has been thrown around in political arenas, bureaucratic agencies, and business model practices.

From Wikipedia:

Transparency, as used in science, engineering, business, the humanities and in a social context more generally, implies openness, communication, and accountability. Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed.

Andaluz Waterbirth Center collectively has done extensive reflection on the type of resource and assets that we wish to bring to the world we all live in and has undergone policy, practice, and professional changes to improve client care.

Part of our movement forward professionally includes transparency, but providing more than lip service. Andaluz seeks to provide an exemplary model of care that is fair, open, and honest about our professional goals and practices.

Statistics are an often-asked inquiry from prospective clients. “What is your cesarean rate?”“How many mothers typically have to transfer to the hospital in labor?”; etc. Andaluz has complied with the State of Oregon requirement that all Licensed Direct-Entry Midwives (LDEMs) complete information-gathering statistics about their practice. These statistics are collected by Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and offer a valuable insight into the safety of midwifery care.

Andaluz began collecting statistics in June 2011 and are committed to continue this practice. We are excited to share these numbers with you, to offer an honest insight into our midwifery practice and birth centers. This will enable consumers to make more informed choices about their care.

Andaluz statistics are posted on our website, under our Resources page. We will add statistics every March for the prior year. Should you have any questions about these statistics, or about our practice, please feel free to contact us via email or phone.

Andaluz is excited to work towards providing the best maternity care for Oregon families.