By law and through ethics statements of leading professional organizations, women are entitled to full informed consent or informed refusal regarding testing or treatment. Despite these mandates, evidence suggests that informed consent within current maternity care practice is restricted and inconsistently implemented. This capstone project fits with the mission of FNU (Frontier Nursing University) through its focus on ethical and compassionate care of women and families. The goal of this doctoral project was to create an informed consent document and increase awareness of the benefits and limitations regarding the choice of hospital as planned place of birth. This project empowers women by increasing awareness of hospital as a choice for birth place, disseminates evidence based information, increases the likelihood of a positive birth outcome, increases awareness of and confidence in choices made, and increases client autonomy and responsibility for their own care and outcomes. When informed choice does not happen for choice of hospital as place of birth, women are making decisions that are not evidence based and do not result in optimum outcomes. This capstone project conducted focus groups of postpartum women to evaluate, discuss, and explore the informed consent process as it is applied to hospital as chosen place of birth. Implementation took place during the focus groups. The involvement of human subjects includes the recruitment of the postpartum women for the purpose of conducting the focus groups. After completion of the focus groups the recordings of the dialogs were transcribed and analyzed to aid in discovery of meaningful threads and identification of common themes. Outcomes were an increase in awareness of the benefits and limitations of the choice of hospital as a planned place of birth and of the informed consent process, thus increasing maternity client autonomy, positive birth outcomes, and feelings of client empowerment.