Along with our partners at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, we are celebrating Shared Decision Making Month, and last week the spotlight was on maternity care. Maureen Corry was interviewed as part of a series on Shared Decision Making Along the Continuum of Care. Then she moderated a webinar about maternity care shared decision making with Kim Gregory, MD, MPH and Ob-Gyn and Vice Chair of Women’s Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Kate Chenok, Director at the Pacific Business Group on Health, and Kristen Oganowski, a mother, doula, and blogger at Birthing Beautiful Ideas.
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Childbirth Connection and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation are seeking women who have given birth within the past 2 years to appear in video segments of an online shared decision making guide. We are specifically seeking women who considered or were offered induction of labor before 41 weeks of pregnancy for a non-medical reason. A non-medical reason might include to give birth with a certain doctor/midwife, to plan around maternity/paternity leave or family needs, to get relief from discomforts of pregnancy, etc. We want to talk to women who did choose induction of labor as well as those who were offered elective induction or considered it on their own but decided to wait for labor to start on its own. At this time, we are seeking women who did not have any pregnancy complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or a breech baby.
If we select you to be featured in the program, you will receive payment for your time, and a video crew will come to your home or another location near you to film.
If you are interested, please complete the brief form below:
From the TMC blog: “Choosing Wisely” in maternity care: ACOG and AAFP urge women to question elective deliveries
Last April, the ABIM Foundation, with Consumer Reports and other partners, drew national attention to overuse of ineffective and harmful practices across the health care system with their Choosing Wisely campaign. As part of the campaign, professional medical societies identified practices within their own specialties that patients should avoid or question carefully. Today, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) have joined the campaign, drawing national attention to the overuse and misuse of induction of labor. ACOG and AAFP are telling women and their maternity care providers:
- Don’t schedule elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor or cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks 0 days gestational age.
- Don’t schedule elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor between 39 weeks 0 days and 41 weeks 0 days unless the cervix is deemed favorable.
Childbirth Connection and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation are seeking women who have given birth within the past 2 years to appear in video segments of an online shared decision making guide. We are specifically seeking women who were told before the birth that their baby weighed at least 8 pounds, 13 ounces and who discussed induction of labor with their care providers due to the baby’s size. We want to talk to women who did choose induction of labor as well as those who decided to wait for labor to start on its own. At this time, we are seeking women who did not have any pregnancy complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or a breech baby.
From the TMC blog: In the pipeline: Get ready for a flurry of landmark reports and resources to transform maternity care
Childbirth Connection’s 95-year history includes many landmark reports and resources that have shaped maternity care and galvanized needed progress. It may seem like things have been quiet on that front for a while, but that’s about to change, just in time for our 95th birthday.
Get ready for a flurry of resources to help transform maternity care. We’ve been hard at work to produce these new reports and will soon make them freely available for all stakeholders to use to help push for high-quality, high-value maternity care.
Here’s what’s in the pipeline and the estimated date of delivery (EDD) for each:
For the first time, major U.S. maternity care professional organizations have issued a joint statement on maternity care quality. Titled, Quality Patient Care in Labor and Delivery: A Call to Action, the white paper comes out strongly in favor of: woman- and family-centered care, including effective and culturally sensitive communication; shared decision making effective teamwork, especially during obstetric emergencies; and performance measurement and leveraging of results to improve quality.
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.
From the TMC blog: Seeking pregnant women and new moms for survey on internet use and decision making
As Childbirth Connection and our partner, the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, embark on our Shared Decision Making Maternity Initiative, we are seeking to learn more about how women use the internet to find pregnancy and birth information and support decision making. Our consulting partner, Mad*Pow, has developed a brief online survey. Please help us share the survey link with women who are planning pregnancy, are currently pregnant, or have given birth in the past 2 years. Participants are eligible to win a $50 Target gift card. The survey closes August 31.
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.
From the TMC blog: Speed-dating and shared decision making: Transforming how women and maternity caregivers communicate
A recent New York Times article described a new method medical schools are adopting to interview applicants. Described as “the admissions equivalent of speed dating,” the Multiple Mini Interview process is designed to identify applicants adept at communication and teamwork. Why? Because effective communication and a teamwork approach are critical ingredients of a health care system that is safer, more patient-centered, and more efficient.
Speed dating for a spot in medical or nursing school, along with other innovations in health professions education, will hopefully generate a more effective workforce in the coming years. But for maternity caregivers already in practice, what are the best resources to improve communication skills?