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Home Birth Consensus Summit
Primary Contact Name and Title
Angela Moore, Project Coordinator
Project Aim and Goals
Rates of planned home birth in the United States have remained low for several decades, but women are increasing their interest in this option. Women today want and expect choices for childbirth without compromising quality of care. Choice of birth site – home, hospital, or birth center – is not an option for many expectant mothers.
Safety of birth in any setting is of utmost priority. Maternity care providers and researchers in the U.S. disagree about appropriate settings for birth. Ultimately, women and families are ill-served by inter-professional conflict. The current debate on home birth indicates the need for constructive discussion and consensus-building. Successful collaboration between health professionals has been found to result in improved experience and outcomes for consumers.
The Home Birth Consensus Summit will be organized in a way that is most likely to foster the dialogue needed to find common ground and spark constructive action that will ultimately benefit all stakeholder groups. This summit will encourage dialogue among health care professionals, consumers, policy makers, and other leaders from disciplines that support maternity care, with the shared goal of identifying a common agenda for the provision of birth services in the U.S.
Blueprint Area(s) Addressed
- Coordination of care across time, settings, and disciplines
- Decision making and consumer choice
- Disparities in access and outcomes
- Clinical controversies (home birth, VBAC, vaginal breech and twin birth, elective induction, cesarean without indication)
- Consensus Development
For More Information
Angela Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org