20. More than surgeries and survival: How to use statistics to inform consumers and change policy

May 5, 2018 @ 17:00 – 18:00 UTC Timezone
Room 2, Big Blue Button

Speaker: Daniela Drandic, Voditeljica programa Reproduktivna prava – Head of the Reproductive Rights Program

Facilitator: Diane John

Recording: Click HERE

Traditionally, quality indicators in maternity care have focused on perinatal mortality and caesarean section rates.

National statistics on these indicators are normally public in the EU, but not always. However, national statistics cannot help a woman choose the healthcare facility or team she wants to give birth with. How can increased transparency in maternity care systems increase the proportion of normal births across regions and countries?

Organisations in Europe have used many methods to make information about statistics, successes and routines readily available to the public, with varying levels of success. This presentation will show an innovative online website developed by Roda – Parents in Action of Croatia that helps women choose their place of birth based on data, but that also acts as a watchdog over a maternity care system that would (often) rather this information remain secret.

Furthermore, it will discuss how the strength of this data can contribute to applications and shadow reports to UN and other human rights committee mechanisms to put further pressure on policymakers to affect real change in maternity policies.