Ensuring Excellence through Accreditation
The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) is the only accrediting body whose goal is unique to birth centers. Other accrediting organizations review a variety of health care facilities.
When a birth center is accredited by the CABC, the family can be confident that the birth center has demonstrated adherence to standards of quality above that of basic licensure and that the center's care is consistent with the philosophy of the American Association of Birth Centers. Look for the CABC seal of accreditation.
Accreditation is seen as a symbol of excellence to not only the consumer but to insurers as well. Many insurers currently require accreditation for reimbursement, and the trend among managed care providers is also to look for accreditation. Some states have acknowledged the value of accreditation by accepting accreditation in lieu of a visit by the state for state licensure.
The CABC is the only birth center accrediting body whose site visitors are specifically trained to perform a visit in a birth center and whose review panels have first-hand knowledge of the philosophy, purpose, and operation of birth centers.
The CABC is dedicated to the promotion of quality care through a rigorous process of evaluation and accreditation. Visit the CABC website to learn more about the accreditation of birth centers.
The AABC Foundation is pleased to provide Birth Center Accreditation Support Grants. The grants, which were established in 2014, are provided to assist birth center applicants with up to 50% of accreditation fees.