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Position Statement on Birth Center Quality

Wednesday, February 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Shaw

The American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) has released a position statement endorsing birth center care models that follow the AABC Standards for Birth Centers.  These standards, coupled with CABC accreditation, mean that birth centers that have adopted this model should be regarded as a premiere facilities in the community for normal and low risk births.

The board is pleased that AABC will be able to use this statement to help encourage legislators and community leaders to see birth centers as a strong and growing sector of the health care industry. President Lesley Rathbun commented, "As interest in improving maternity outcomes and saving health care dollars grows, the American Association of Birth Centers will be the authority for consumers, legislators and other maternity stakeholders in defining quality birth center care. Having a quality position statement shows the commitment of AABC to helping sustain and grow quality birth centers that in turn improve maternity outcomes and reduce health care costs."

AABC Position Statement: Birth Center Quality

The American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) is committed to quality, family-centered, safe maternity care options for women and newborns. Birth centers offer an alternative to traditional hospital-based care for normal and low risk pregnancy and birth. The AABC endorses birth center care models that follow the AABC Standards for Birth Centers. The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) interprets the standards and issues indicators for accreditation.

Meeting the standards of accreditation indicates to clients, states, health and liability insurance agencies, consulting providers, and hospitals that a birth center has met a high standard of evidence-based and widely recognized benchmarks for maternity care, neonatal care, business operations, and safety. Continuing accreditation demonstrates to consumers and other entities that best practices are being met and maintained by a birth center.

Birth centers that engage in practices that do not meet the standards set by AABC do not reflect the level of quality AABC promotes.

Approved by AABC Board of Directors: 1.24.2014

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