Site Visit Overview

Year of the Site Visit

Your birth center follows these steps in the year that a Site Visit is required:

  1. Learn the latest about accreditation in our training.
  2. Complete the Self EvaluationThe Self Evaluation is an in-depth review of your birth center’s clinical and administrative operations.
  3. Host a Site Visit to verify the Self Evaluation.
  4. Wait for a Decision Letter from the Board of Commissioners, after a Decision Panel has reviewed your forms. (If your birth center is accredited, you will receive a certificate of accreditation with this letter.)
  5. Complete any requirements in your Decision Letter by the specified date. (Most birth centers receive a Decision Letter that indicates that the birth center is indeed Accredited and there are requirements to complete in order to finish up the review.)
  6. Refresh your promotional materials about being a CABC-accredited birth center.

See Sample SV Schedule

Interim Years: 3-Yr Accreditation Only

Your birth center follows these steps in each of the two years between Ordinary Site Visits:

  1. Learn the latest about accreditation in our training.
  2. Complete the Interim Status Report. The Interim Status Report is the short form of the Self Evaluation. (Notice there is no site visit.) 
  3. Wait for a Decision Letter from the Board of Commissioners, after a Decision Panel has reviewed your forms.
  4. Complete any requirements in your Decision Letter by the specified date. (Your Decision Letter may have requirements.)
  5. Refresh your promotional materials about being a CABC-accredited birth center.

4 types of Site Visits


Initial Registration
Site Visit:

  • Your birth center will have this kind of site visit to get started.
  • If your birth center is accredited after this site visit, you will receive either a 1-Yr or a 3-Yr certificate, depending upon your Starting Point.
  • This site visit is not included in monthly enrollment. It is a pre-requisite to monthly enrollment.


1-Yr Review
Site Visit

  • Your birth center will only have this kind of site visit if your Starting Point was 1-Yr Accreditation.
  • If your birth center is re-accredited after this site visit, you will receive a 3-Yr certificate.
  • This site visit is not included in monthly enrollment. If your Starting Point was 1-Yr Accreditation, it is a pre-requisite to monthly enrollment.


Ordinary
Site Visit

  • Your birth center will have this kind of site visit when participating in monthly enrollment.
  • If your birth center is re-accredited after this site visit, you will receive a 3-Yr certificate.
  • This site visit is included in monthly enrollment.


Additional Review
Site Visit

  • Your birth center will only have this kind of site visit when it is required by a Decision Letter.
  • If your birth center is re-accredited after this site visit, you will receive a certificate appropriate to your situation.
  • This site visit is not included in monthly enrollment.

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