Friday, September 23, 2011

Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative: Why It's Important!

What is the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative? Have a look at this wonderful website!

The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative is a set of guidelines under review. It is my hope that all hospitals, birth centers, or home birth services will eventually adapt the principles behind the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative as their own and receive designation as "Mother-Friendly Facilities"

"The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and wellbeing 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."
"To receive CIMS designation as "mother-friendly," a hospital , birth center, or home birth service must carry out the these philosophical principles by fulfilling the Ten Step of Mother-Friendly Care."

There are 10 steps to the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative.

I started a blog series on another blog of mine breaking down each step and explaining it's importance. I have decided to post them here as well because I feel these guidelines and this initiative's goals are very important to the wellbeing of all pregnant and laboring women!

You are entitled to ask you care facility if they follow these guidelines and if they do not, present them with the information. If health care facilities are never pushed in new and better directions, they will never make changes. They will stay the same until someone calls attention.

By learning about the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative you are allowing yourself to fully understand the elements a facility truly needs to posses in order to provide quality care to it's pregnant and birthing patients.

Please stay tuned over these next few weeks as I continue to post about this wonderful initiative. Take the time to learn about it and feel free to ask any questions or chime into the discussion as you feel led.

This is about supporting you! :)

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