The “Resource Wall” will give families the information they need when they need it and not after. It will be located in area obstetrician offices and include information about pregnancy, birth, newborn care, VBAC, finding a doula, local La Leche League meetings, circumcision, community pregnancy services, “Happiest Baby on the Block,” The International Cesarean Awareness Network, vaccinations, and much more. This will be accomplished through the use of community resources and local partnership.
Stories from the Field
Our goal is to reduce the unnecessary induction and c-section rate in the US. This first project is meant to raise awareness and consciousness to the mainstream public. Our desire was for an event on such a mass scale that all major media outlets would pick up the story and continue to do stories both before and after the event.
Group Prenatal Care was started around 2001-2002 and we offer 12 groups yearly. Baby groups were piloted in the 2005 timeframe and packaged/started in 2007. We have done multiple national presentations on group care at organizational meetings.
As a Patient-Centered Maternity Home, two components of our Maternal-Child Health Care are evidence-based practice and shared decision-making. While ACOG guidelines are not always evidence-based, they have recently released guidelines allowing us all to offer trial of labor to women with two prior cesareans or twins. Our cesarean rate is 19% and our VBAC rate is 50%. North Carolina Medicaid is currently reimbursing cesarean birth at the same rate as vaginal birth.They were proactive in setting the rates pretty close to each other in years past.
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.
The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, originated by midwife Ina May Gaskin, is a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates, as well as to the gross underreporting of maternal deaths in the United States. The Quilt honors American mothers who have died of pregnancy or childbirth related causes since 1982, the last year there was a reduction in maternal mortality.
The goal of the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project is to demand an equivalent system of counting, analyzing, and learning from mistakes made in our maternity care system here, regardless of where babies are born or what caregiver is the birth attendant. Until we do that, doctors, midwives, and nurses in the US will continue to work without a good system of feedback about what is and is not dangerous in maternity care, and preventable maternal deaths will continue to take place.
NH Patient Voices’s mission is education and advocacy for safe, quality, compassionate healthcare that puts patients & their families at the center of care in both policy and practice. Since 2005, we’ve worked tirelessly to bring the collective voice of patients to healthcare providers, administrators, legislators, public policy, and public health leaders.
The Postpartum Depression Task Force of Monroe County seeks to improve identification and treatment for women with perinatal mood disorders. The Task Force is a coalition of providers from all aspects of maternal-child health, including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, doulas, childbirth educators, hospital and medical office administrators, and consumers. Measures include attendance at continuing education events; numbers of in-services and outreach events; as well as improved identification and referral systems within the hospital as well as in the community.
We wanted to design a center where the needs of the mother and the baby come first. A place where every aspect of care is based on supporting natural birth and breastfeeding.
HPC Community Doulas is a non profit 501(c) 3 maternal-infant agency dedicated to serve low income pregnant women receiving prenatal care at federally qualified health centers in Hudson County, NJ. Our grant is committed to reducing perinatal disparities in birth outcomes, so we offer free community doulas to pregnant women on Medicaid and/or enrolled in the WIC program.