ImprovingBirth Coalition 
Grassroots Organization Members
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American Association of Birth Centers (AABC)
www.birthcenters.org

The American Association of Birth Centers is a non-profit membership organization founded by Childbirth Connection (formerly the Maternity Center Association) under a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York.

For close to 30 years, the American Association of Birth Centers has been the nation's most comprehensive resource on birth centers. AABC has built a solid foundation for growth in birth centers by:
  • Promoting state regulations
  • Advocating for insurance reimbursement
  • Developing a quality improvement program
  • Establishing national standards
  • Establishing recognized accreditation through the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers
  • Providing an annual forum for discussion of issues
  • Educating parents, professionals, and policy-makers to the birth center concept
  • Conducting major research
  • Developing industry indicators
Check out their website to learn more about the mission of the AABC, as well as the memberships available to birth centers, professionals, students, consumers, associations, or corporations.

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Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC)

https://www.birthcenteraccreditation.org

The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) provides support, education, and accreditation to developing and established birth centers in the USA, since 1985.
  • The only accrediting organization dedicated exclusively to the quality of the operation and services of all birth centers regardless of ownership, primary care provider, location, or population served.
  • An independent not-for-profit organization that accredits developing and existing birth centers in the United States of America, according to established national standards.
Today, the process of accreditation is continually reviewed and revised to assure that the program continues to:
  • Meet the needs of applicant centers
  • Provide for the highest level of quality improvement
  • Evaluate the criteria for accreditation based on the best available evidence for maternity care
The CABC work is performed by a small number of paid staff and many trained volunteers including:
  • Representatives of birth center consumers
  • Professionals in:
    • midwifery
    • obstetrics
    • family practice
    • nursing
    • neonatology
    • pediatrics
    • health care administration
    • public health
What do Commissioners do?
  • Establish the policies and procedures of the CABC, including the CABC Indicators for Compliance
  • Evaluate each applicant birth center’s compliance with the established standards
Check out their website to learn more about the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.
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Hypnobabies® --Childbirth Hypnosis

www.hypnobabies.com

Hypnobabies is a 6 week, 3-hours per week, complete childbirth education course that was adapted with permission from Gerald Kein’s “Painless Childbirth Program” techniques rather than using simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery. This allows Hypno-Moms to enjoy “eyes-open childbirth hypnosis”, remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking and changing positions; being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth. Hypnobabies is well-known for helping women to create much shorter, easier and more comfortable labors, making childbirth the joyful experience it was meant to be.

Expectant mothers use our Hypnobabies Workbook, CDs and hypnosis scripts to train their inner mind that contractions in labor will be felt only as pressure, tightening, pushing, pulling and normal baby movement sensations. Women are fully in tune with their babies during the birthing process, and as aware of everything around them as they’d like to be, easily able to communicate with their support team, and completely in charge of their own birth experience.

Hypnobabies uses the same medical hypnosis techniques that people employ when preparing for surgery without any drugs, which is called hypno-anesthesia. Their classes also teach Hypnobabies Birth Partners how to fully support the Hypno-Moms.

Check out their website to learn more about Hypnobabies. 
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International Childbirth Education Association
(ICEA)

www.icea.org

The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.

Under ICEA’s philosophy, the childbirth educator focuses on prevention and wellness, health promotion, and self-involvement, as well as knowledge of informed consent, risk reduction, and the use of nonmedical and self-care techniques for normal pregnancy, labor, and birth.

Inherent in a family-centered model of maternity care is an emphasis on team function.

At the first National Convention for Childbirth Education held in Milwaukee in 1960 the name International Childbirth Education Association was adopted. Proceedings to incorporate as a nonprofit group were begun, and the first board of directors and officers were elected. Today ICEA’s influence reaches around the world.

Childbirth educators have been awarded certification through ICEA for more than 40 years.  Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, and Prenatal Fitness Education Certification are also available through ICEA. The ICEA Board of Directors, staff, and membership are in full support of CIMS and their efforts to make “Mother-Friendly Care” a reality.

The role of the childbirth educator is more than that of a teacher. They are also facilitators, advocates and spokespersons who effectively communicate and support the family’s growth and development as they transition through pregnancy to parenthood.

ICEA believes that all men and women have the right of access to education about sexuality, reproduction, pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. 

Check out their website to learn more about the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA).
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CIMS' Grassroots Organizational Members
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http://www.acbe.com

The Academy of Certified Birth Educators is an organization dedicated to providing education and skills for professionals who wish to become certified childbirth educators or trained birth doulas.

The Academy was founded by certified childbirth educators and certified doulas whose goals are to actively involve parents in the prenatal, labor, birth, and postpartum periods, to enhance the childbirth experience by achieving their goals, and to foster the professional relationships between parents, health care professionals, hospitals, birth centers, and home birth practices.

The ACBE provides workshops for certification as a childbirth educator as well as doula training to become a birth doula (labor support professional) in classes across the country.

Check out their website to learn more about their certification and training opportunities, as well as their schedule of workshops available throughout the United States.

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American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (AAHCC)

http://www.bradleybirth.com

The Bradley Method® teaches natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is their belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally. The Bradley Method® is a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body. The Bradley Method® encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education.

Check out their website to find a Bradley Method® instructor, find classes in your area or to become a Bradley Method® instructor yourself.
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American Association of Birth Centers (AABC)
www.birthcenters.org

The American Association of Birth Centers is a non-profit membership organization founded by Childbirth Connection (formerly the Maternity Center Association) under a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York.

For close to 30 years, the American Association of Birth Centers has been the nation's most comprehensive resource on birth centers. AABC has built a solid foundation for growth in birth centers by:
  • Promoting state regulations
  • Advocating for insurance reimbursement
  • Developing a quality improvement program
  • Establishing national standards
  • Establishing recognized accreditation through the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers
  • Providing an annual forum for discussion of issues
  • Educating parents, professionals, and policy-makers to the birth center concept
  • Conducting major research
  • Developing industry indicators
Check out their website to learn more about the mission of the AABC, as well as the memberships available to birth centers, professionals, students, consumers, associations, or corporations.

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Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)


www.awhonn.org

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that promotes the health of women and newborns.

Their mission is to improve and promote the health of women and newborns and to strengthen the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources to nurses and other health care professional.

Check out their website to learn more about membership, educational resources, journals, publications, research, campaigns and collaborations they offer.
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 Birthing Hands of DC
www.birthinghandsdc.com
Claudia Booker, 
CPM, CD (DONA) (ICTC), CCCE, LLLI BPC, BPCPA
Claudia has been a birth doula for over 600 expectant moms at hospital, birth center and home births in the Washington, D.C., metro area. She is an experienced DONA- and ICTC-certified birth doula, certified childbirth educator, and La Leche League certified breastfeeding peer counselor. She served as  a midwife birth assistant at Birth Care and Women’s Health in Old Town Alexandria, Va., for births at that birth center and for home births, and with other local home birth midwives. Claudia recently became a Professional Midwife (CPM), licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Check out Claudia's website to learn more about her doula and midwifery services, as well as supplemental services such as Aqua Tub rentals, placenta encapsulation, childbirth education and more. 
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BirthNetwork National (BNN)
 
www.birthnetwork.org

The mission of BirthNetwork National is to promote the awareness and availability of Mother-Friendly maternity care.

BirthNetwork National is leading a grassroots movement based on the belief that birth can profoundly affect our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. BirthNetwork National advocates Mother-Friendly care, as defined by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services' Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI). By making informed choices and having confidence in the process, families can experience safe and satisfying childbirth.

Check out their website to learn more about BirthNetwork National, to locate their chapters throughout the United States, to become a Birth Advocate or Professional member, or if you are interested in starting a BNN chapter in your area.
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Brooklyn Birthing Center
www.brooklynbirthingcenter.com

The Brooklyn Birthing Center is the only private free standing birthing facility in the New York metro area. We offer high-quality, family-centered care, allowing low-risk patients to give birth in a calm, home-like environment. The board-certified midwives at BBC are very experienced, and are deeply committed to supporting and empowering patients and their families.

The BBC philosophy:
  • We believe that childbirth is a normal, healthy process. The role of the midwife, in collaboration with obstetricians, pediatricians, and other health care providers, is to support and promote this normal process. Our team approach ensures that clients receive the best possible care.
  • Through careful screening, deviations from the norm are recognized and addressed. We always prioritize the safety of our childbearing clients and their babies.
  • We believe that all women have the right to health care that is medically safe, fits their lifestyle, and respects diverse physical, psychological, social, cultural, and economic needs. We take pride in the fact that our clientele reflects the diversity of our city.
  • Women and their families have the right and responsibility to assume an active role in their own health care. Patient education is an essential part of our practice. The free exchange of information between staff and clients empowers women and their families to make informed choices about their care.
  • Maternity care should honor and support family unity and development. Family members, including siblings, should be involved in the childbearing experience to whatever extent the family desires.
Check out their website to learn more about the Brooklyn Birthing Center and the various services they offer.
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Calm Birth 
www.calmbirth.org

The Calm Birth program is based in mind/body medicine and meditation science. It is modeled on the medicine-meditation program of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in pain management and immune enhancement.  Their program offers meditation practices applied to childbirth for the first time.  The trainings were started in 1998 in Southern Oregon hospitals, and are presently being offered in various locations and hospitals in the USA.  More than 100 training seminars have been presented in hospitals since 1998, all with education credits from the California Board of Nursing.

Calm Birth prenatal classes focus on the use of three meditation practices and teach women a greater sense of body and function. Women learn complete breathing, the breathing of oxygen and energy. The program encourages natural childbirth, yet the practices are especially beneficial when medical interventions are used during birth. If medical interventions are used, the method works with current childbirth medicine to raise the quality of the birth and heal side effects of drugs and surgery.

Check out their website to learn more about Calm Birth, their teacher training program and how to find a Calm Birth Instructor in your area.
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      Centering Healthcare Institute
https://www.centeringhealthcare.org

The mission of Centering Healthcare Institute is to improve health by transforming care through Centering groups.

CenteringPregnancy is a multifaceted model of group care that integrates the three major components of care: health assessment, education, and support, into a unified program within agroup setting.

Through this unique model of care, women are empowered to choose health-promoting behaviors. Health outcomes for pregnancies, specifically increased birth weight and gestational age of mothers that deliver preterm, and the satisfaction expressed by both the women and their providers, support the effectiveness of this model for the delivery of care.

Check out their website to learn more about Centering Healthcare and the various types of centering models, their membership options, and the various centering sites located throughout the United States.
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Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC)

https://www.birthcenteraccreditation.org

The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) provides support, education, and accreditation to developing and established birth centers in the USA, since 1985.
  • The only accrediting organization dedicated exclusively to the quality of the operation and services of all birth centers regardless of ownership, primary care provider, location, or population served.
  • An independent not-for-profit organization that accredits developing and existing birth centers in the United States of America, according to established national standards.
Today, the process of accreditation is continually reviewed and revised to assure that the program continues to:
  • Meet the needs of applicant centers
  • Provide for the highest level of quality improvement
  • Evaluate the criteria for accreditation based on the best available evidence for maternity care
The CABC work is performed by a small number of paid staff and many trained volunteers including:
  • Representatives of birth center consumers
  • Professionals in:
    • midwifery
    • obstetrics
    • family practice
    • nursing
    • neonatology
    • pediatrics
    • health care administration
    • public health
What do Commissioners do?
  • Establish the policies and procedures of the CABC, including the CABC Indicators for Compliance
  • Evaluate each applicant birth center’s compliance with the established standards
Check out their website to learn more about the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.
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Hypnobabies® --Childbirth Hypnosis

www.hypnobabies.com

Hypnobabies is a 6 week, 3-hours per week, complete childbirth education course that was adapted with permission from Gerald Kein’s “Painless Childbirth Program” techniques rather than using simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery. This allows Hypno-Moms to enjoy “eyes-open childbirth hypnosis”, remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking and changing positions; being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth. Hypnobabies is well-known for helping women to create much shorter, easier and more comfortable labors, making childbirth the joyful experience it was meant to be.

Expectant mothers use our Hypnobabies Workbook, CDs and hypnosis scripts to train their inner mind that contractions in labor will be felt only as pressure, tightening, pushing, pulling and normal baby movement sensations. Women are fully in tune with their babies during the birthing process, and as aware of everything around them as they’d like to be, easily able to communicate with their support team, and completely in charge of their own birth experience.

Hypnobabies uses the same medical hypnosis techniques that people employ when preparing for surgery without any drugs, which is called hypno-anesthesia. Their classes also teach Hypnobabies Birth Partners how to fully support the Hypno-Moms.

Check out their website to learn more about Hypnobabies. 
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International Childbirth Education Association
(ICEA)

www.icea.org

The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.

Under ICEA’s philosophy, the childbirth educator focuses on prevention and wellness, health promotion, and self-involvement, as well as knowledge of informed consent, risk reduction, and the use of nonmedical and self-care techniques for normal pregnancy, labor, and birth.

Inherent in a family-centered model of maternity care is an emphasis on team function.

At the first National Convention for Childbirth Education held in Milwaukee in 1960 the name International Childbirth Education Association was adopted. Proceedings to incorporate as a nonprofit group were begun, and the first board of directors and officers were elected. Today ICEA’s influence reaches around the world.

Childbirth educators have been awarded certification through ICEA for more than 40 years.  Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, and Prenatal Fitness Education Certification are also available through ICEA. The ICEA Board of Directors, staff, and membership are in full support of CIMS and their efforts to make “Mother-Friendly Care” a reality.

The role of the childbirth educator is more than that of a teacher. They are also facilitators, advocates and spokespersons who effectively communicate and support the family’s growth and development as they transition through pregnancy to parenthood.

ICEA believes that all men and women have the right of access to education about sexuality, reproduction, pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. 

Check out their website to learn more about the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA).


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Local Care Midwifery, PLLC
K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM

http://localcaremidwifery.com

In 2009, K. Michelle Doyle founded Local Care Midwifery as the first independent midwifery practice in the Capital District offering home birth services. LCM was born of Michelle's intense commitment to provide women of New York's Capital District with a local, legal option for home birth as well as personal, attentive Well Woman Care.

Michelle serves on the Board for the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM), is the Chair of the NYSALM PAC, and is a member of both the Association of Certified Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and the Midwife Alliance of North America (MANA.) Michelle is also a founding member of The Pregnancy Project, a collaborative group of pregnancy care providers that support women and families throughout the childbearing year.  

Check out K. Michelle Doyle's website to learn more about Local Care Midwifery and the services she offers.

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U.S. Lactation Consultants Association
                                   www.uslca.org


The United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. USLCA membership is open to all who support and promote breastfeeding; you can join at anytime and do NOT need to be an IBCLC to be a member!

The mission of the USLCA is to advance the IBCLC with in the United States through leadership, advocacy, professional development and research. 

Values:
  • Uphold high standards of professional practice
  • Respect and promote cultural diversity
  • Collaborate with integrity in relationships
  • Operate nationally while being mindful of regional, local and Individual needs
  • Demonstrate responsibility to our community by promoting the best lactation care for the foundation of good health
Statement of Purpose:
USLCA is organized and shall be operated exclusively for the educational, charitable, and scientific purposes as contemplated by 501(c)(3) the United States Internal Revenue Code. More specifically, the purposes of USLCA are to:
  • To protect the public by advocating for the US Lactation Professional in the United States of America, to promote recognition of the US Lactation Professional within the health care community, continued improvement in skills of related to lactation care, expansion of the literature relevant to lactation consultants and such other activities as may hereafter be brought under the auspices of USLCA for such purposes;
  • To provide for education opportunities for the IBCLC and other health care workers concerned with breastfeeding and related issues;
  • To heighten recognition of the consequences of artificial feeding of infants and children;
  • To cooperate with other organizations whose aims and objectives, in whole or in part, are similar to those of the Association;
  • To foster communication, networking and mutual support amongst USLCA members;
  • To advocate for USLCA members and advise relevant authorities on issues of concern to the Association’s members;
  • To uphold high standards of professional practice;
  • Foster awareness of breastfeeding and human milk feeding as important measures for health promotion and disease prevention;
  • To encourage research in all aspects of human lactation;
  • Support the world-wide implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and other subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions which are consistent with the goals and objectives of USLCA.
Check out their website to learn more about the U.S. Lactation Consultant Association.


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