Choices in Childbirth helps women make informed decisions about where, how and with whom to birth. We ensure access to a full range of birth options.

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Expecting Moms Timeline

Click on the timeline below to access resources and learn more about pregnancy and birth.

Newly Pregnant

  • Understanding Your Options

    Do you know all of your childbirth options so that you can make the decisions that are right for you and your family?

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  • Educate Yourself

    Have you signed up for a childbirth education class, read any pregnancy and birthing books, watched documentaries yet? Get a sense of what birth options are available to you.

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  • 5 Steps to a Healthy Birth

    Do you feel overwhelmed by all the birth information? Start with these 5 steps to guide you through the process of making your decisions.

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Planning Your Birth

  • Your Birth Team

    Have you decided on your birth team? Use our provider network to find the best possible match for you.

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  • Your Birth Environment

    Where will you feel best supported and safest birthing? Start here to explore to your personal philosophy and vision for your birth.

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  • Preparing for Labor and Delivery

    Have you researched different labor coping strategies and pain management techniques? Use our provider directory to explore a birth doula, learn about epidurals and learn what feels right for you.

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Postpartum Health

  • Caring for your newborn

    What are the ways you want to bond and care for your baby immediately after birth? Learn more from our professionals.

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  • Breastfeeding and Beyond

    Do you want to make sure you have support for breastfeeding? Read our stories and find providers that can help with any of your questions or challenges.

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  • Caring for Yourself

    Have you remembered to plan good care techniques for yourself? Learn more on how new moms find ways to connect with other new moms and birth professionals to get the support they need in the early weeks.

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Provider Network

We have people in our network who can help you with your birth needs. Use the search below to find them!

Our Work

CiC is recognized as a local and national leader in the maternity care field,
known pioneering policy work, behavioural change efforts, and deep connections
with consumers and the birth field. CiC advocates to local leaders, policy makers,
and healthcare providers to ensure accessible, culturally competent and
evidence-based maternity care services.

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Recent Advocacy Projects

Successfully petitioned the city to reopen maternity services at North Central Bronx Hospital – services, including the full midwifery program, opened on October 23rd. (2014)

Working to expand access to doula care among NYC’s most underserved and at risk communities. (2014)

Engaging with city hospitals to encourage taking steps to reduce the primary c-section rate.  (2014)

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Recent News

Doula Care in New York City: Advancing the Goals of the Affordable Care Act

Choices in Childbirth is excited to announce the upcoming release of our report, Doula Care in New York in New York City: Advancing the Goals of the Affordable Care Act, on October 29th.  The paper presents an overview of the body of evidence supporting the benefits of doula care alongside the voices of women and doulas...

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Guide to a Healthy Birth

Each year Choices in Childbirth publishes a free educational publication packed with essential contacts, resources and information to help women make informed decisions about where, how and with whom to birth.

Both a National Guide and a NYC Metro Guide are
available to order.

To order the guides, for additional information,
or for a digital version click the button below.

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