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.
Posts tagged with 'midwives'
Those familiar with Childbirth Connection may already know about our recent reports and resources that address midwifery care, like our evidence-based web site topic on Choosing a Caregiver, our Milbank Report on evidence-based maternity care calling out midwifery care as an underused intervention “suitable for routine use,” and our Transforming Maternity Care Blueprint for Action that calls for increased use of midwives and family practice physicians.
But did you know about our long history of innovation and support for midwifery, dating back 93 years to the dawn of professional midwifery in the United States?
As we shift the conversation from whether to do VBACs to how to enable more of them, focus on quality and safety in the context of VBAC is long overdue. According to new government statistics, nearly one in five of the more than 4 million births each year in the United States occur to women who have previously given birth by cesarean. If evidence supports VBAC as a “reasonable option” for most of this population and indeed the better option for many, it is time to be reasonable about how to make VBAC as safe, accessible, and satisfying as it can possibly be.
With power outages and last-chance summer vacations, it feels a bit like life has slowed down in anticipation of the busyness that comes with fall. But while conference calls and meetings are a little sparser, the medical literature seems to be serving up a larger than average helping of important evidence and commentary. Maybe your Labor Day Weekend reading list has lighter fare, but here’s what we’re reading…
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.
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.
When 2 CNMs were fired from a private practice in our town, 80 pregnant women were suddenly left without the care provider of their choice. We set out to change a policy at our local hospital that required the ‘backing’ physician to be on-site while a CNM was with her patient.