The Power of Numbers: Transforming Birth Through Collaborations

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Abstract:

Collaborative efforts and coalitions have replaced exclusivity as birth organizations and individuals unite to humanize birth and provide women with transparency of information about maternity care providers and facilities and about access to the midwifery model of care. The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services and the upcoming 2010 “Mega Conference” to jointly celebrate the 50th anniversaries of Lamaze International and the International Childbirth Education Association serve as excellent examples of collaborative efforts to support natural, safe, and healthy birth practices as well as women's choices in childbirth. Childbirth educators are encouraged to learn from and support national coalitions devoted to improving maternity care and to use local resources to develop their own collaborative efforts on behalf of childbearing families.

Keywords: birth networks; coalition; collaboration; health-care transparency; maternity care

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812410X496676

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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