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Birth Centers: Safe, Respectful Options for Birth
January 31, 2013 BY ImprovingBirth
This morning, an important new study was published confirming the safety and cost effectiveness of birth centers as an excellent option for healthy, low-risk women. The study was conducted by the American Association of Birth Centers and reviewed by our very own Rebecca Dekker, Improving Birth board member and author of www.evidencebasedbirth.com. Birth centers are…
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U.S. Hospitals Held Accountable for C-Section Rates
January 23, 2013 BY ImprovingBirth
By Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN of www.evidencebasedbirth.com Back in December, we shared some big news! We found out that starting in January 2014, the Joint Commission will require U.S. hospitals with more than 1,100 births per year to work towards reducing the C-section rate in first-time moms. Our hope is that this article will…
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I Don’t Care How You Give Birth
December 18, 2012 BY ImprovingBirth
Cristen Pascucci, a political and communications specialist, recently joined Improving Birth's executive board. Elective C-section?  Ocean waterbirth?  Seriously, go nuts. You may think that because I chose (and fought) to give birth with no drugs in a hospital, I think everyone should.  Or, that because I rant and rave about our bloated surgical birth and…
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One Year Ago Today
December 11, 2012 BY ImprovingBirth
Cristen Pascucci, a political and communications specialist, recently joined Improving Birth's executive board. I went into labor just before dawn on a Sunday morning.  Almost immediately, my contractions were too close together for me to track.  I spent some time in deep concentration (between vomiting spells and position changes) until I was sure that it…
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The Big Walk-In is Complete!
December 3, 2012 BY Dawn
[gallery columns="5" ids="3189,3190,3193"] Well, almost complete.  Several locations are still delivering letters and handouts, but between this past Monday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 28, we are conservatively estimating that we’ve reached OVER 1,100 PROVIDERS AROUND THE COUNTRY with information about evidence-based care (see the letter we delivered here). The ladies in southwest Florida kicked off…
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State of Maternity Care
November 28, 2012 BY ImprovingBirth
By Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN Today's guest post comes from Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, author of www.evidencebasedbirth.com. Rebecca is a researcher and a nursing professor who recently joined the executive board of ImprovingBirth.org. You can follow Rebecca's articles from Evidence Based Birth on her Facebook page and on Twitter. On Labor Day 2012, I created this table to mark…
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