Minnesota Birth Center Receives CABC-Accreditation
February 9, 2016 – The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers, Inc. (CABC) announced today that both locations of the Minnesota Birth Center are accredited through December 2018. The Minneapolis birth center, located at 2606 Chicago Ave S., has been CABC-accredited since 2011, and the newest location at 624 Smith Ave S., St. Paul, MN is now accredited for the first time. Founded in 2012 by Cindy and Steve Calvin, Minnesota Birth Center is staffed by a team of 11 Certified Nurse Midwives and 4 Registered Nurses serving as birth assistants.
Accreditation in health care is a credential which demonstrates that a facility meets established standards for excellence, maintains a staff that is dedicated to a process of continued learning and quality improvement, and has leadership which welcomes an outside evaluation into the quality of the services provided at the facility. CABC accredits facilities by using the national Standards for Birth Centers, published by the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC). CABC accreditation also explicitly requires that a birth center avoid inappropriate use of technology, employ properly trained staff, use appropriate equipment to provide safe care in a birth center, and adhere to best practices in evidence-based maternity care.
The CABC process includes an extensive examination of all aspects of the birth center’s operations, including a review of risk criteria, policies and procedures, personnel files, clinical outcomes, and an inspection of the facility. To verify CABC-accreditation for a birth center visit www.verifymybirthcenter.org and search for your birth center.
ABOUT THE COMMISSION FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF BIRTH CENTERS
The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) provides education and accreditation to developing and established birth centers in the USA. Founded in 1985, CABC works to evaluate the quality of birth centers nationwide as well as educate birth center professionals and the public about the importance of adhering to carefully developed, evidence-based national standards for birth centers. CABC is the only accrediting organization dedicated exclusively to the quality of the operation and services of all birth centers regardless of ownership, primary care provider, location, or population served.