The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative: Working to Create Optimal Maternity Care Worldwide

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This article tells the story of the creation of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): 10 Steps to Optimal MotherBaby Maternity Services, a global initiative designed to improve childbirth care and birth and breastfeeding outcomes for all women, and of the organization and the individuals behind it. This initiative arose from a dream and is well on its way to becoming a reality grounded in a strong evidence basis and in a clear human rights framework. The specifics of this initiative and the process of its creation form the subject matter of this article. In telling this story, we hope to offer a template for positive change—a template that builds on the prior work of many others, created by and for the birth-giving women of the world.

Keywords: BREASTFEEDING; CHILDBIRTH; HUMAN RIGHTS; IMPROVED OUTCOMES; INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE; NORMAL BIRTH; QUALITY OF CARE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/2156-5287.1.3.196

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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  • The International Journal of Childbirth is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal publishing original research, reviews, and case studies concerned with the practice of midwifery, women's health, prenatal care, and the birth process. The journal encourages the exploration of the complex and contextual issues surrounding childbirth provision and outcomes and invites manuscripts from a wide range of clinical, theoretical, political, methodological, psychological, public health, policy, and multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives.
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