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  • Spotlight on Success: Roots Community Birth Center

    The Roots Community Birth Center demonstrates the exceptional value of community-based and -led forms of the birth center model for communities disadvantaged by structural racism, intergenerational underinvestment, and other forms of discrimination.

  • Recommendations to Increase Access to Community Birth Settings

    For many pregnant people, community birth options offer better care, more positive experiences, improved health outcomes, and potential cost benefits. Given this track record and the increasing use of, and unmet need for, this model of care, decision-makers should act to make it widely available to lower-risk pregnant people who desire it. Above all, it is urgent to scale up access to this high-value model of care as an essential way to advance birth justice and mitigate the nation’s maternal health crisis.

  • Improving Our Maternity Care Now Through Community Birth Settings

    This report outlines the evidence that supports the unique value of community birth settings across different communities, the safety and effectiveness of care in these settings in improving maternal and infant outcomes, the interest of birthing people in use of birth centers and home birth care, and the current availability of, and access to, birth centers and home birth care in the United States.

  • Recommendations to Increase Access to Midwifery Care

    Midwives have a distinctive, dignifying, person-centered, skilled model of care and an exemplary track record. They are an important part of the solution to the nation’s need for a higher-performing maternity care system and shortage of maternity care providers. However, there are barriers to enabling more childbearing people and families to experience benefits of midwifery care and to diversifying the profession of midwifery.

  • Executive Summary: Improving Maternity Care Through Community Birth Settings

    Research shows that there are specific care models that can make a concrete difference in improving maternity care quality and producing better outcomes, including for birthing People of Color. One of these is the care provided in community birth settings, an increasingly used term for both birth centers and home birth care.

  • Using Paid Sick Days for Medication Abortion

    Everyone needs time to access health care without threatening their economic stability. Paid sick days allow a person to recover from short-term illnesses, access preventive care, undergo a basic medical procedure, or care for a sick child or family member. Yet more than 26 million people — nearly one in four private sector workers1 — do not have a single paid sick day.

  • Toolkit: Patient & Family Engagement

    Getting Started Toolkit for Patient and Family Engagement: Improving Health and Advancing Equity

  • Infographic: Shared Decision Making

    Myth Busters Shared Decision-Making

  • Recommendations: Patient & Family Engagement

    Recommendations for Patient and Family Engagement: Improving Health and Advancing Equity

  • Report: Patient & Family Engagement

    Report on Patient and Family Engagement: Improving Health and Advancing Equity

  • Infographic: Fostering Trust

    Trust Is a 2-Way Street: Fostering Trust in Patient-Provider Relationships

  • Infographic: Virtual Visits

    Virtual Visits: 5 Ways to Better Engage Patients & Families

  • Paid Leave Would Cut Healthcare Costs

    It is more apparent than ever. The lack of a national paid family and medical leave policy in the United States costs working people their health and financial security – and the price tag is rising.

  • Executive Summary: Improving Maternity Care Through Midwifery

    Research shows that midwifery care provides equal or better care and outcomes compared to physician care on many key indicators, including higher rates of spontaneous vaginal birth, higher rates of breastfeeding, higher birthing person satisfaction with care, and lower overall costs. Community-based and -led midwifery services are especially powerful.

  • Improving Our Maternity Care Now Through Midwifery

    This report outlines the evidence that supports midwifery’s unique value across different communities, the safety and effectiveness of midwifery care in improving maternal and infant outcomes, the interest of birthing people in midwifery care, and the current availability of, and access to, midwifery services in the United States.

  • Spotlight on Success: Mercy Birthing Center

    The Mercy Birthing Center illustrates the potential of a flourishing midwifery-led unit within a hospital. The center is a separate unit operated by CNMs within Mercy Hospital St. Louis. It was established in response to women’s growing interests in receiving support for physiologic childbearing

  • Minimum Wage and Abortion Access

    In the United States, people with lower incomes, people with disabilities, and people of color have never fully enjoyed reproductive freedom. Whether a person wants to have a child or wants to not have children, their ability to exercise these rights has consistently been thwarted.

  • Effective and Equitable Patient Engagement Via Technology

    The historic COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a new era of the digital age. Technology became even more important in our daily lives -- turning into a requirement for meeting our basic needs and communications.

  • Incarceration Hurts Moms and Babies

    The Problem: Mass incarceration is hurting pregnant people and their infants

  • Substance Use Disorder Hurts Moms and Babies

    The Problem: Health care and support for pregnant people with substance use disorder are inaccessible and inequitable, and instead they shamed, stigmatized, and punished.

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