Getting Accredited for the First Time
Accreditation Agreement & Dedication to Learning
Everyone knows you take accountability seriously when you become accredited. At CABC, we know that optimum accountability is rooted in a rigorous dedication to learning in the pursuit of excellence. To get started, we ask you to sign CABC’s Accreditation Agreement to establish expectations and requirements for working together.
We have a posted a sample here for you to review. (When you fill out the form at the bottom of this page to begin your Initial Registration, we will send you an agreement to sign that includes your birth center’s name and address.)
Please plan ahead and engage with CABC accreditation at least 6 months before your desired site visit month.
- When you pay the 1st half of the Initial Registration, your birth center gains access to:
- All of the CABC’s Online training for Birth Centers
- Self-Evaluation form
- Accreditation Specialists to answer questions
- When you pay the 2nd half of the Initial Registration, your birth center can:
- Schedule a specific date for your Initial Registration site visit with the CABC Office
Your Starting Point: 1-year or 3-year accreditation?
Your Initial Registration can result in either 1-yr accreditation or 3-yr accreditation. Here are the eligibility requirements for each accreditation certificate duration:
1-Yr Starting Point
1-yr Accreditation can be awarded to birth centers that:
- Either have less than 100 total births of experience
- Or are starting up and quite literally ready to open their doors
When a birth center achieves 1-yr accreditation:
- Its certificate of accreditation expires one year later
- And CABC schedules a 1-Year Review site visit one year after the Initial Registration site visit.
3-Yr Starting Point
3-yr Accreditation can be awarded to birth centers that:
- Either have completed their 1-Year Review
- Or have been open for more than 1 year
- Or have 100 or more total births of experience
How Many Birth Centers?
When one business entity has more than one location, CABC has designations for three different types of locations.
When you have only one birth center facility, it is automatically designated as your Primary location. Learn about CABC’s location designations