AABC has many opportunities for you to get involved. Read the descriptions below and then click here to apply online to serve on an AABC Committee in 2017.
The Bylaws Committee reviews the Bylaws and Administrative Regulations and makes recommendations for changes to the AABC Board of Directors and membership.
This new committee advises the Board of directors about the diversity of the membership of the organization and propose education and/or programs to meet the needs of members.
This committee maintains the fiscal stability and long-term economic health of the Association by providing oversight of budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies.
Government Affairs Committee
This committee is open to all and meets monthly to discuss current birth center legislation around the country, plan birth center advocacy events and help birth centers navigate the world of legislation and regulations. In 2017 the committee will continue its efforts on CMS network adequacy, collaboration with states, and work with our federal lobbyist.
Industry Relations Committee
This committee is open to all and meets monthly to discuss insurance contracting issues, to advocate for increased inclusion of birth centers into insurance policies and to teach members strategies to achieve higher reimbursement rates in their insurance contracts. In 2017 the committee will continue its work to engage business coalitions and employers. This includes working with our consultant to collectively reach out to major employers and unions, the development of tools to educate the public about birth centers, instructing birth center members how to use the tool kit identify and engage employers employees on the local level, and developing and utilizing results from surveys to assist birth centers.
Membership/Public Relations Committee
The committee is open to all and meets monthly to develop campaigns and programs to increase AABC membership through member programs, outreach and engagement, as well as promotion and education about AABC and birth centers.
This committee is open to all and meets monthly to identify member requests for the yearly Birth Institute, identify topics and speakers and plan convention events. In 2017 the committee will plan the program of the 11th Annual Birth Institute (October 5-8, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska).
This committee is open to all and meets monthly to discuss research issues and plan/conduct research projects relevant to birth center practice.
This committee is open to all and meets monthly to plan webinar offerings in an effort to help meet the education needs of AABC members.
This committee is comprised of qualified members and meets on an as needed basis to plan, review and revise the How to Start a Birth Center Workshop and to create additional education opportunities for AABC members.
The Standards Committee is comprised of midwives (CPMs and CNMs), birth center administrators and owners, physicians, and consumers. It is charged by the AABC board reviewing and updating the AABC Standards for Birth Centers.