Author: Bud

CMQCC Toolkits for Informed Birth Decisions

About the CMQCC California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) toolkits are excellent resources not just for hospitals and physicians but for women and families who want to make informed birth decisions.  Their first Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans was instrumental in reducing maternal morbidity throughout California by 55% in only seven years. The key is their Maternal Data Center (MDC) which provides over 200 participating hospitals with metrics and benchmarking data that can be used in near real-time to improve outcomes.  By linking discharge data to birth certificates the CMQCC is able to compare hospital performance on...

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Show Me the Numbers

Using Research The topic of the the latest AVBRN doulas meeting was all about navigating current research and implementing it into a doula practice.  Since the majority of doulas and midwives are not PhD clinical researchers, the information is highly relevant but, honestly, it’s pretty boring.  Doulas and the families they serve are interested mainly on the plain language summaries and not so much with the pages upon pages of double-blind research tables. On the heels of that recent meeting of the minds, I came across this article by Plumbtree Baby discussing how care providers have been known to...

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Monday Bitez in Lancaster!

I counted 18 food trucks in Sgt. Steve Owen (formerly Lancaster City) Park today! A DJ truck was playing music while Heather, Nick and I had dinner in the park on our blanket and cedar roll up table.  Heather had LA Street Mac & Cheese, I tried the Maine Lobster Tacos, and Nick had a Philly Cheese-steak. Next event is Monday, May 15 starting at 5 pm.  It may look bad, but parking was easy.  You just gotta cruise through the parking lot a couple times!   Source: Monday Bitez in...

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Bianca Vlahos Interview With Dawn Turner

Very proud of my little sister who was recently interviewed by a radio station in Australia!  Very positive and inspirational stuff! Dawn is a published writer, self-love activist and recovered alcoholic. She has a passion for helping others become their best selves through sharing her experience, strength and hope in overcoming addiction, abuse and mental health disorders. You can find her inspiring others on Instagram, on her blog at BestPartofDay.com and through her writing at Medium.com You can follow Dawn on Instagram or visit her blog at...

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