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“If I Were at Home,I Would Have Died.” The Trouble With Extrapolating Hospital Birth Events to Homebirth - Nonprofits for the Midwives Model of Care

Author // Erin Ellis, CPM, LM

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Nonprofits for the Midwives Model of Care

American Association of Birth Centers. AABC was founded by Childbirth Connection and has has been the nation's most comprehensive resource on birth centers for more than 25 years. Birthcenters.org

Birthing the Future. The mission of Birthing the Future is to gather, synthesize, and disseminate the finest world wisdom about birthing and the care of mothers and babies from pre-conception to the first birthday. Birthingthefuture.org

Citizens for Midwifery. The goal of Citizens for Midwifery is to see that the Midwives Model of Care is available to all childbearing women and universally recognized as the best kind of care for pregnancy and birth. Citizens for Midwifery also endorses the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative. Cfmidwifery.org

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. The Coalition for Improv-ing Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies and families. Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs. This evidence-based mother-, baby- and family-friendly model focuses on prevention and wellness as the alternatives to high-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs. Motherfriendly.org

Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery. FAM is dedicated to increasing access to midwifery in North America through education, research and public policy. FAM receives its support from foundations and individuals who embrace the Midwives Model of Care. Foundationformidwifery.org

International Cesarean Awareness Network. The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) was formed more than 25 years ago in order to support women in their journey towards understanding the risks of cesarean section and with the purpose of helping them have healthy births and healthy lives after undergoing the surgery that changed them. Childbirth.org

Lamaze promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years. Lamaze.org

Midwives and Mothers in Action. The MAMA campaign is a collaborative effort by the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). This partnership is now at work to gain federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives so that women and families will have increased access to quality, affordable maternity care in the settings of their choice. Mamacampaign.org

Midwives Alliance of North America. MANA’s goal is to unify and strengthen the profession of midwifery, thereby improving the quality of health care for women, babies and communities. MANA also welcomes student and midwifery advocate members as another valuable part of the organization. Mana.org

National Association of Certified Professional Midwives. NACPM is a professional association committed to significantly increasing women’s access to quality maternity care by supporting the work and practice of Certified Professional Midwives. Nacpm.org


The Midwives Model of Care™

The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.

The Midwives Model of Care includes:

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle;

  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support;

  • Minimizing technological interventions; and

  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention. The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.


Pathways Issue 31 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #31.

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