AABC News Brief - APR 14 2023

Posted By: Kate Bauer AABC News Brief,


Putting Research in the Hands of Birth Center Staff

Webinar Wednesday - April 19th at 1:00PM ET

Research is a familiar and valuable concept to midwives and birth centers. Data reporting and program evaluation are not just for universities – birth centers and midwifery clinics are perfectly capable of conducting investigations that provide further insight into the beneficial impact of their care models and demonstrate this impact to funders and collaborators.

Join Dr. Sarah Sanders for a review some basic concepts and strategies in conducting health research, including study design and ethics, with a particular focus on how birth centers can leverage their own data to inform and promote the services provided.

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

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Celebrate Black Maternal Health Week 2023

Held annually on April 11-17th, Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) is a week-long campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance​ to build awareness, activism, and community-building​ to amplify ​the voices, perspectives and lived experiences of Black Mamas and birthing people. 

The 2023 BMHW theme, “Our Bodies Belong to Us: Restoring Black Autonomy and Joy,” captures the ethos and spirit behind collective efforts to amplify the voices, perspectives and lived experiences of Black women and birthing people.

BMWH features a series of virtual and in-person events in cities and states across the nation, along with original content and social media activations, all in an effort to foster dialogue and increase awareness. Events continue this weekend.

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AABC Expands D+I Scholarship Program

AABC is expanding its Diversity + Inclusion Scholarship program to include more education programs (in-person and online). AABC understands the importance of increasing access to birth center care for all families and increasing access to education for all providers. Racial health disparities in perinatal care are devastating many communities. We know it’s our responsibility to address this failure of the US healthcare system and the history of the birth center movement which has too often centered white, affluent, straight women.

We offer Diversity + Inclusion Scholarships to Members of the Global Majority*, LGBTQIA+ folks, and people with disabilities.

AABC seeks to expand access and lower barriers to entry through these scholarships for the annual AABC Birth Institute, How to Start a Birth Center Workshops (in-person and online), and Community Birth Assistant Training.

*The Global Majority includes Asian American (or of Asian descent) or Pacific Islander, Black or of African descent (African American, Afro-Caribbean, etc.), Indigenous to Americas (Alaskan Native, American Indian, Native American), Latinx or Hispanic, Southwest Asian or Northern African, or a person who is of multiple races

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