American Association of Birth Centers


New AABC website launching soon!

March 31, 2015
AABC is launching their new website on May 1!  This new website will allow members to access and update their own profiles, post and apply for jobs, register for AABC events and will house our   » READ MORE

So you want to start an AABC state chapter?

October 30, 2014
Watch on-demand to learn the ins and outs of starting an AABC state chapter. Things the webinar will discuss: Why you should start a state chapter What benefits you receive by starting a state   » READ MORE

AABC Launches State Chapters

October 6, 2014
You get the frantic call that something is happening at the state house that needs your attention right now- someone is trying to change state legislation again!   You’re on call and   » READ MORE

AABC Foundation Announces Grant Program to Assist Birth Centers with Accreditation Fees

September 10, 2014
Due to the generosity of donors, AABCF established a grant in 2014 to assist birth center applicants with up to 50% of accreditation fees due to the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth   » READ MORE

Use Your Voice to Create Change at AABC Lobby Day

August 13, 2014
  Do you want to share your excellent evidence-based prenatal outcomes with people that have the power to change the face of maternity care? Do you want birth centers to be taken seriously by   » READ MORE

Tell Your Legislators about Barriers to Birth Center Care

August 10, 2014
Are you tired of discriminatory practices against birth centers and midwives?  YES!  So, let's do something about it.  We all know to effect change we must participate in the   » READ MORE

Attend the next How to Start a Birth Center Workshop in September

August 1, 2014
Are you dreaming about opening a birth center? Take a step toward making your dream a reality by attending an AABC How to Start a Birth Center Workshop September 17-18, 2014 in Washington, DC.    » READ MORE

AABC Seeks Nominations for 2014 Achievement Awards

July 7, 2014
Do you want to recognize a person who has been a champion for birth centers? You may want to nominate a writer who has given your birth center exceptional media coverage, a consumer who has   » READ MORE

Registration Open for AABC Birth Institute

June 12, 2014
Online registration is now open for the 8th Annual AABC Birth Institute "Birth Centers: Modeling the Future of Maternity Care." The Birth Institute, the largest gathering of birth center   » READ MORE

AABC Submits Comments to the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health & Human Services

June 12, 2014
In response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Federal Registry CMS-9942-NC: Request for Information Regarding Provider Nondiscrimination, the American Association of Birth Centers (   » READ MORE

How to Start a Birth Center Workshop coming to Kansas City in July, 2014!

June 5, 2014
July 18-19, 2014  in Kansas City, Kansas   Are you dreaming about opening a birth center?Take a step toward making your dream a reality by attending an AABC How to Start a   » READ MORE

AABC Strong Start Launches New Website

May 21, 2014
AABC Strong Start is pleased to announce the launch of its new website,  The site is part of an advertising campaign aimed at increasing enrollment in the second year of the   » READ MORE

AABC Tells the FTC about Barriers to Birth Center Care

May 13, 2014
In response to the Federal Trade commission’s (FTC) February 2014, Federal Register Notice entitled “Examining Health Care Competition,” the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) published   » READ MORE

Scholarship Available for AABC Birth Institute

May 13, 2014
The AABC Foundation is accepting applications for the Lisa Ross Memorial Scholarship.  The Scholarship was developed in memory of Lisa Ross, CNM, an early pioneer in the development of birth   » READ MORE

AABC Provides Women with Clear Facts about Water Birth Safety

April 4, 2014
In response to the recent American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) opinion paper on water birth, the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) released a   » READ MORE

FTC and "Examining Health Care Competition" Letter

April 4, 2014
AABC submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission before their workshop in early March, 2014: "Examining Health Care Competition." Read these comments here.   » READ MORE

The Harkin Amendment and How it Affects Birth Centers

April 2, 2014
This amendment was added to the Affordable Care Act by long time Iowa Senator, Tom Harkin (D), as a means to prevent against providers (like birth centers) from being discriminated.     » READ MORE

Scholarship Available to Attend How to Start a Birth Center Workshop

February 1, 2014
The AABC Foundation is accepting applications for the Amy E Polk Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship was developed in memory of Amy E Polk, a devoted wife, dedicated mother of two, talented   » READ MORE

AABC Leads Successful National Grant Award with 48 Local Birth Center Sites

March 1, 2013
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced that American Association of Birth Centers has been awarded a $5.35 million four year grant for the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns   » READ MORE

Member Feedback Sought on Proposed Revisions to Birth Center Standards

August 8, 2012
In an effort to update the AABC Birth Center Standards by which birth centers are accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Birth Centers, the AABC Standards Committee has   » READ MORE

AABC Receives Exemplary Partner Organization Award

June 15, 2012
The American College of Nurse-Midwives presented the American Association of Birth Centers with the Exemplary Partner Organization Award at their 56th Annual Meeting on June 5th in Long Beach   » READ MORE

SBA offers Data Resources tool

March 20, 2012
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced a new tool to make research simpler for small businesses. Birth Centers might benefit from checking out the Small Business Data Resources and   » READ MORE

Birth Center Featured at Obama Administration's Announcement of the Strong Start Funding Initiative

February 8, 2012
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held a briefing at the DC Developing Families Center and Family Health & Birth Center to announce more than $40 million in grants to test ways to reverse the   » READ MORE

CDC Recognizes Women's Health and Birth Center for Outstanding Care

December 7, 2011
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Benchmark Report awarded a near perfect score of 98% to the Women's Health and Birth   » READ MORE

Birth Centers Take Center Stage in Washington, DC

March 17, 2014
WHAT'S HAPPENING: IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION A new Washington Post/Kaiser Health News article highlights problems with Medicaid and managed care organizations contracting with birth centers Women with   » READ MORE

Position Statement on Birth Center Quality

February 19, 2014
The American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) has released a position statement endorsing birth center care models that follow the AABC Standards for Birth Centers.  These standards,   » READ MORE

Invite your elected officials to your birth center

December 18, 2013
Congress and most state legislatures are now on a three week long recess until Tuesday, January 7, 2014.  It is essential that we take time to invest in educating our policymakers about birth   » READ MORE

Thank you!

September 13, 2013
AB 1308 passes in the CA Senate and Assembly  with unanimous support     Good News:  AB 1308 has passed! This California legislation will recognize Licensed Midwives (LMs) as   » READ MORE

Act Now to Support California Midwives

September 6, 2013
AB 1308 will recognize Licensed Midwives as providers for licensed alternative birth centers   The American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) supports AB 1308, a bill in the California   » READ MORE

August is the ideal time to connect with your legislators

August 2, 2013
Congress and most state legislatures are now on a month long recess until Labor Day. The dog days of August provide a great opportunity to invite them and/or their staff to visit your birth center   » READ MORE

AABC Foundation Seeks New Board Members

July 9, 2013
  Look in the mirror and smile! You might just be the face of the next board member for the AABC Foundation! Develop your leadership skills while volunteering with a national foundation.   » READ MORE

Congressional Briefing Hails Cost Savings of Birth Centers

February 12, 2013
Washington, DC—Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard hosted a congressional briefing on a newly released study by the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) that shows women who receive care at   » READ MORE

New Study Shows Midwife-Led Birth Centers Improve Outcomes and Lower Health Care Costs

January 31, 2013
As health care costs and the rate of cesarean births for expecting mothers have escalated over the past two decades in the United States, a new study released today shows that women who receive care   » READ MORE

AABC-ACNM Congressional Briefing on February 7, 2013

January 29, 2013
Help us spread the word! On Thursday, February 7, 2013, the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) is joining with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to host a congressional briefing   » READ MORE

Birth Center Study Update and New Facebook Webinars

January 17, 2013
The wait is finally over! The largest study of Midwifery-led care in birth centers, titled “Outcomes of Care in Birth Centers 2007-2010: Demonstrating a Durable Model”, will be published in the   » READ MORE

Additional Member Feedback Sought on Updates to Proposed Revisions to Birth Center Standards

September 28, 2012
  After taking into consideration the member commentary that was made on the AABC website, The AABC Standards Committee has reconvened to review and update the AABC Birth Center Standards by   » READ MORE

Election 2012 Results

September 28, 2012
The AABC 2012 Election had very close races, which can be attributed to the high quality candidates the Nominating Committee selected for the ballot. Elected to serve are: Lesley Rathbun, MSN, FNP,   » READ MORE

Director of KDHE Talks Birth Centers with New Birth Company

January 23, 2012
On December 28th, Dr. Robert Moser, the director of the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, met with the professionals at New Birth Company in Overland Park, KS. New Birth Company is an   » READ MORE

Guaranteed Medicaid Payment for Birth Centers Signed Into Law by President Obama

March 31, 2010
Birth Centers celebrate as the Health Care Reform Bill will guarantee facility fee payments to birth centers all over the US.  This bill will have far reaching benefits to sustainibility of   » READ MORE