CABC endorses Obstetric Care Consensus: Levels of Maternal Care
The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers is pleased to endorse Obstetric Care Consensus: Levels of Maternal Care, published today by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. This landmark document recognizes and includes the birth center in triage and transfer within the maternity health care system. The document can be found online at http://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Obstetric-Care-Consensus-Series/Levels-of-Maternal-Care.
In 1984, Dr. Paul Branca at the Dallas Forum on Health Policy Issues Relating to the Freestanding Birth Center pointed out that the “team concept is the thread from which the fabric of safety is woven. When it breaks down, mothers and babies fall through the holes.” This forum was part of the effort to establish standards and accreditation for birth centers.
Similarly today, CABC and many other organizations reviewed this new publication to help articulate ways to work together as a team, especially when a family needs to move from one part of the health care system to another. As M. Kathryn Menard, MD/MPH, Vice Chair for Obstetrics and Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and a lead author of this document noted, we at CABC share a “deep appreciation for the contribution of the group who came together to address some of the difficult and potentially divisive questions. Together we leaped those hurdles and we are now ready for collaborative implementation towards our shared goal of improving the health of mothers, babies, and their families.”