AABC News Brief - DEC 01 2022

Posted By: Kate Bauer AABC News Brief,

1. What New Price Transparency Rules Mean for You

IRC Office Hours Special Webinar
December 7th at 3:00PM ET

Next week, join the AABC Industry Relations Committee and Mark Slifer of Turquoise Health for a special webinar on price transparency rules, why it's important, and what it means for birth centers. 

This presentation will be recorded. Can't attend live? Register anyway, and we'll send you the recording.

AABC membership is required. Registration is free and open to all AABC members. 

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2. New International Research on Midwifery Birth Center Care

Midwifery centers as enabled environments for midwifery: A quasi experimental design assessing women’s birth experiences in three models of care in Bangladesh, before and during COVID
Jennifer Rebecca Stevens, Lora L Sabin, Monica A Onyango, Malabika Sarker, and Eugene Declercq

This research examined the impact of three models of care on women’s experiences of respect, and trust in maternity care provision, both before and during the pandemic in Bangladesh, as well as their fear and knowledge around COVID-19, during the pandemic. The models were: “fully enabled midwifery” in freestanding midwifery centers; “midwifery and medicine” in medical facilities with midwives working alongside nurses and doctors; and “no midwifery” in medical facilities without midwives.

The researchers concluded that fully enabled midwifery in midwifery centers had a significantly positive effect on woman’s experience of respect and trust in care compared to the other models, even in the context of a pandemic.

Read the journal article at PLOS ONE>

3. Understanding Our Past to Build an Equitable Future: Our Path to an AMU

Webinar Wednesday 
December 14th at 1:00PM ET

This presentation explores how the midwives successfully gained the unanimous support of key stakeholders for a proposed Alongside Unit as part of a hospital redesign at Women and Infants Hospital. The AMU addresses system-level change, protected space for physiologic birth, and disparities in outcomes and experience of care. The AMU would be the first CABC-credentialed facility in Rhode Island and hopefully offer interdisciplinary teaching opportunities in physiologic birth.

Webinar Wednesday is a FREE benefit of AABC Membership. Guests may attend for a fee. Registration is required.

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