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AABC News Brief - MAY 24 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019   (0 Comments)

3 Things You Need to Know

  1. Important Scholarship Deadlines
  2. BirthCare Founders Honored by the American College of Nurse-Midwives
  3. AABC Strong Start Data Published in BIRTH: Issues in Perinatal Care

1. Important Scholarship Deadlines

Application periods are open for three distinct scholarships for AABC educational offerings. Take note of their application deadlines so as not to miss these valuable opportunities.

  • NRP Scholarships
    Application Deadline: June 1, 2019
    Two $1,000 scholarships are available to help a birth center or developing birth center bring the AABC Birth Center Focused NRP Training to their staff.  Learn more and apply>>
  • Lisa Ross Memorial Scholarships
    Application Deadline: May 24, 2019 June 1, 2019
    The AABC Foundation will award four scholarships for the AABC Birth Institute to midwives practicing in birth centers and full-time midwifery students with a desire to work in a birth center. Deadline has been extended to June 1st.  Learn more and apply>>
  • Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships
    Application Deadline: July 1, 2019
    AABC will award at least 11 scholarships for the 2019 AABC Birth Institute. Our goal is for AABC conferences and the member community to include, encourage, and recognize people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation. Learn more and apply>>

2. BirthCare Founders Honored by the American College of Nurse-Midwives

Nurse-Midwives Alice Bailes and Marsha Jackson were presented with the prestigious Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award earlier this week at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in Washington, DC. Bailes and Jackson founded the nationally accredited BirthCare & Women's Health (Alexandria, VA) in 1987.  

The Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award honors midwifery's 'unsung heroes' who have demonstrated pioneering vision and innovative leadership. 

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!


3. AABC Strong Start Data Published in BIRTH: Issues in Perinatal Care

Strong Start in Birth Centers: Socio-Demographic Characteristics, Care Processes, and Outcomes for Mothers and Newborns

Jill Alliman, DNP, CNM, FACNM, Susan R. Stapleton, DNP, CNM, FACN, Jennifer Wright, MA, Kate Bauer, MBA, Kate Slider, MA, Diana Jolles, PhD, CNM

In this article Alliman et al report socio-demographic characterisitcs, care processes, and outcomes for mothers and newborns engaged in care for the AABC Strong Start Initiative for Mothers and Newborns. Comparisons are made between outcomes in the AABC sample and national data during the study period. 

The authors found that the AABC birth center population had diverse socio-behavioral risk factors similar to the national profile. The AABC sites exceeded national quality benchmarks for low birthweight (3.28%), preterm birth (4.42%), and primary cesarean birth (8.56%). 

The study concludes:

  • Birth center care improves population health, patient experience, and value.
  • The birth center model demonstrates potential to decrease racial disparity and improve population health.
  • Reduction of regulatory barriers and implementation of sustainable reimbursement are warranted to move the model to scale for Medicaid beneficiaries nationwide.

Read the article in BIRTH>>

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