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Congressional Briefing Hails Cost Savings of Birth Centers

Tuesday, February 12, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Shaw

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 midwife-led birth centers incur lower medical costs and are less likely to have cesarean births compared to women who give birth at hospitals. The study, titled “Outcomes of Care in Birth Centers: Demonstration of a Durable Model,” was recently published in the American College of Nurse-MidwivesJournal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.
"This congressional briefing highlights the kind of research that should be informing our maternity care spending decisions," said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). "The potential cost savings to our health care system outlined in this report are impressive, but paramount for me is the study's findings on the quality of care and optimal outcomes women experience at midwife-led birth centers. We must work to ensure that all women have access to high quality midwifery care in all settings."
"The Congressional briefing on the new birth center study highlighted the outstanding role midwives and birth centers play in providing high quality maternity care with excellent outcomes for moms and babies, while reducing costs to an already overburdened healthcare system," said Lorrie Kline Kaplan, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.  "ACNM is eager to work with Congress in many areas including reducing Medicaid barriers to midwife-led care by granting equitable reimbursement, removing incentives for unnecessary maternity care services, and adopting maternity quality care measures. Midwives have the proven, professional healthcare skills to improve our maternity system. With support from Congress in several key areas, more pregnant women across the country would benefit from their quality care."
"This study shows that midwives in freestanding birth centers can be an important part of ending disparities and improving outcomes for all mothers and infants.  In order to do so, birth centers and midwives must be included as essential providers in all public, private, and managed care insurance plans, including new state and federal exchanges," said Jill Alliman, CNM, MSN, sDNP, midwife and Legislative Chair of the American Association of Birth Centers.
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard is the author of the Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services for the 21st Century (MOMS) Act. This legislation is designed to improve maternal health outcomes in the United States by harnessing the best evidence in maternity care delivery.


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