Women of childbearing age need accurate, objective data in order to make informed choices about birth settings and providers. The Birth Survey, a mechanism to share, systematically track, and retrieve up-to-date information about the quality of care received will equip consumers with the information necessary to make informed decisions and enable individuals to play a larger role in determining their care and to make real informed health care choices.
Consumer advocacy or political action
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.
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.
James’s Project sets out to reduce the US infant mortality rate and improve maternal health by raising awareness of patient safety issues in these areas. This is done by using the tools of education, communication and collaboration.
In our local area (St. Louis, MO), access to doulas has largely been for those with the knowledge, money and opportunity (i.e. middle class, white women). Purple Lotus Doulas was founded as a collective of doulas who are dedicated to providing doula services across the full spectrum of women and pregnancy, regardless of any socio-economic or other issues. Each of the doulas in our collective has worked with a variety of populations, either on a professional or volunteer basis. Although we do accept private, for pay clients, we are all available for reduced pay or free doula services. We are also active in the birth community, with the goals to improve access to health services, change or maintain laws that benefit our target populations, and provide education to the general public.
The Birth Trust provides funding for projects that advance midwifery and woman-centered childbirth or reduce birth disparities through educational, policy, and research projects. The Birth Trust is a grant-making fund where donors and birth activists commit a certain amount monthly and then vote and select which projects get funded. Since the Birth Trust launched in 2010, nine very diverse projects have been selected.
As a chapter of BirthNetwork National, we are a non-profit organization comprised of a network of childbirth educators, midwives, labor assistants (doulas), family physicians, nurses, breastfeeding consultants, and parents who know the importance of informed options and alternatives in childbearing.
Blossom’s Achieving Quality Maternal Care Lecture series presents nationally acclaimed change makers, researchers, medical professionals and birth activists to shed light on the current state of maternal care in our community. We invite community members to join us to learn about the latest research, engage in thought provoking discussion and discover ways to improve the quality of maternal care.
In June 2010, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel published a Consensus Development Conference Statement on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). A group of maternity care experts and VBAC advocates came together to create a free online resource guide that addresses the most common and pressing questions women may have about their birth choices in light of the NIH Consensus Recommendations and the evidence underpinning them.