Obstetrics Initiative

The Obstetric Initiative (OBI) is an interdisciplinary quality initiative led by healthcare providers dedicated to improving women’s health. OBI’s first objective is to support vaginal delivery and safely lower the Cesarean delivery rate among low-risk patients in Michigan hospitals.

Cesarean birth is the most common inpatient operation in the U.S. and is associated with an increased risk of hemorrhage, hysterectomy, infection, and other complications for the woman and infant. Cesarean delivery can serve a critical need, but the varying rates of cesarean delivery across the state suggest that some may not be medically necessary.

Participants are initially collecting data from Blue Cross, Blue Care Network, all 81 Michigan maternity hospitals, and patient medical records, and sharing data insights to improve safe delivery practices statewide.

Visit the Obstetrics Initiative website at obstetricsinitiative.org