AABC News Brief - FEB 10 2023

Posted By: Kate Bauer AABC News Brief,

Attend HHS Maternal Health Stakeholder Briefing

February 17th at 12:30PM ET

In honor of Black History Month, the Department of Health and Human Services will hold a briefing on maternal health priorities and activities for 2023 on Friday, February 17, at 12:30 PM ET. During the webinar participants will hear from Secretary Xavier Becerra and other key agency leaders celebrating recent maternal health wins from the Omnibus and additional Departmental activities that advance equity in maternal health outcomes.

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Register for February IRC Office Hours

IRC Office Hours - February 25th at 12:00PM ET

Are you having difficulty getting in network with payors? Has contracting got you down? In February, join Industry Relations Committee members Erica Biesinger and Laura Wiegand for an open Q+A session. Bring your challenges with getting sustainable reimbursement. We will brainstorm solutions together.

AABC membership is required for IRC Office Hours. Registration is free and open to all AABC members.

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Journal Articles on Innovation Feature Birth Centers in Tennessee

The recent issue of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (November/December 2022) features two articles on Tennessee birth centers.

A Model of True CHOICES: Learnings from a Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic in Tennessee that Provides Abortion and Opened the City’s First Birth Center

Nikia Grayson, CNM, DNP, MPH, MA, MSN, FNP-C, Nicole Quinones, MPH, Talita Oseguera, CNM, WHNP-BC, MSN

In this article, the authors outline the success and challenges of addressing the reproductive health needs of marginalized communities, including the benefits of a nonprofit business model, operationalizing reproductive justice concepts, and the reclamation of Black midwifery. They also discuss the challenges of caring for Black birthing people and providing abortion and gender-affirming care in a politically hostile environment.

Strengthening Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Transfers Between a Freestanding Birth Center and an Academic Medical Center

Kathleen Danhausen CNM, MSN, MPH, Hannah L. Diaz CNM, DNP, Manola A. McCain CNM, DNP, Madeleine McGinigle CNM, MS

In this article, the authors present strategies implemented through the ongoing collaboration between birth center and hospital-based midwifery providers. These include adopting a shared electronic health record, clinical practice guidelines that align across birth sites, preparing birth center patients prenatally for the possibility hospital transfer, the presentation of a united team across birth sites, clear and widely disseminated communication pathways for hospital admission and patient handoff, and ongoing opportunities for interteam communication, collaboration, and education.

Read the articles in the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health>>