Category: For Professionals

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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Comfort Measures for Birth Doulas Workshop

Learn and review the basics in positioning and exercises designed to help the laboring woman in this course for birth doulas and labor support professionals.  Up to date techniques for using the rebozo & birth ball.  Use of innovative tools such as the peanut ball and tens unit are included in this three hour course.  We’ll also discuss proper posture and positioning for the doula while providing labor support and finish up with how to wrap a Bengkung Belly Bind for use by birth doulas as a recovery tool.   Thursday, February 16th at 2:00 pm in Ridgecrest.  Exact...

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