Posts tagged with 'home birth'

From the TMC blog: It’s Been 95 Years, Baby!: A Closer Look at Our First Decade

Childbirth Connection is celebrating our 95th birthday this year by featuring one decade of our work each month on the TMC Blog. This month we will feature our first decade – 1918-1927.

Childbirth Connection was founded in New York City as the Maternity Center Association (MCA) in 1918 to implement recommendations from a report on the poor health of women and infants around the time of birth. At the time there were no standards for maternity care, many women lacked access, and infant and maternal mortality rates were high.

By 1920, MCA had established 30 centers and substations throughout the city to ensure universal access to prenatal care and to teach the community about the value of such care. The nurses at the centers helped select the women needing hospital care and refer them to hospitals, and helped the women planning to give birth at home to make arrangements for adequate care. To coordinate this work, MCA created a standard record and a central clearinghouse for all maternity records “to prevent duplication in the maternity work throughout the bureau and to assign to the various agencies those patients reported to the clearing house as in need of prenatal supervision.”

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Filed in 95 Years, Blog on Fri., Mar 1, 2013

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From the TMC blog: Guest Post: Lessons for Maternity Care from…Moneyball?

The movie Moneyball has been a recent box office hit, inspired by the true story of how Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane went against baseball orthodoxy to create a winning baseball team. Facing baseball’s elite teams on a fraction of their budgets, Beane realized that the A’s couldn’t compete if they played the same old ballgame. When I saw the movie recently I was startled to see a considerable amount of thematic overlap with the issues currently facing maternity care.

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Filed in Blog, Costs - Charges - Value, Guest Posts on Wed., Nov 16, 2011

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From the TMC blog: Finding Common Ground on Home Birth

I attended the Home Birth Consensus Summit, along with our Director of Programs, Carol Sakala, late last week. The meeting was the result of several years of planning by a multi-stakeholder group of maternity care leaders. It was led by facilitators from Future Search, a theory and planning strategy designed around having the “whole system in the room” to find common ground on complex or divisive issues.

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Filed in Blog, Clinicians, Consumers, Costs - Charges - Value, Hospitals and Health Systems on Tue., Oct 25, 2011

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From the Field: Home Birth Consensus Summit

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.

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Filed in Care coordination, Clinical controversies, Decision making and choice, Disparities, Stories from the Field on Fri., Sep 16, 2011

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From the TMC blog: Four Maternity Care Trends to Watch

There’s a big gap between our current maternity care system and the high-quality, high-value system envisioned by a multi-stakeholder Transforming Maternity Care Project Team. We’re glad to see many of the recommendations put forth in the Blueprint for Action garnering broader interest and gaining momentum. Here are four we expect to play a growing role in system transformation over the coming months and years.

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Filed in Blog, Costs - Charges - Value, Hospitals and Health Systems, Quality Collaboratives on Mon., Aug 15, 2011

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From the Field: The Birth Trust

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.

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Filed in Care coordination, Clinical controversies, Consumer advocacy or political action, Decision making and choice, Disparities, Educational materials for health professionals, Health professions education, New care delivery model, Nursing/medical/midwifery curriculum change, Payment/reimbursement change, Scope of covered services, Skills training or drills for health professionals, Stories from the Field on Tue., Jul 5, 2011

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