American Association of Birth Centers (AABC)
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.
Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC)
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:
- family practice
- 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.
Hypnobabies® --Childbirth Hypnosis
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.
International Childbirth Education Association
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).