Category Archive: Policy

Birth centers can give women a new choice

Michele Giordano and Nan Strauss wrote an op-ed in today’s amNY about the push to increase the number of birth centers in the state of New York. “Birth centers have not been able to keep up with demand. Women in New York State are seeking alternatives […]

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CiC at American Public Health Association Conference

Nan Strauss presented three posters at the annual APHA conference in Chicago this week. Nan is spreading the word about our work on community-based doula programs, advancing the goals of the Affordable Care Act through doula care, and the All About Birth workshops run by […]

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First Ever “Preventing First Cesareans” Workshop

Last night was one of our most inspiring nights of birth stories; we held our first ever presentation of “Preventing First Cesareans” for a crowd at the 14th St. Y. Choices in Childbirth was inspired to put on this evening because there is a national […]

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Disruptive Innovation in Childbirth Care

Reposted from the September 16, 2015 edition of Disruptive Women in Health Care In considering what to write for Disruptive Women in Health Care, I couldn’t stop thinking about the idea of disruption juxtaposed with the experience of birth and the US maternity care system. […]

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Mommybites Features Choices in Childbirth’s advocacy work

The following article by Choices in Childbirth was featured on Mommybites today.  Preventing First Caesareans: Guidelines You Can Discuss with Your Doctor or Midwife Many pregnant women are concerned about the high rate of cesareans, and with good reason. One in three women in the United […]

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Choosing A Care Provider and Birth Setting

Last night’s All About Birth Workshop was presented for an audience of New Yorkers with heaps of questions about how to plan for their births. Fortunately, a panel of experienced new parents, an expert midwife, and our facilitators Laure Sinnhuber-Giles and Annette Perel, were there […]

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CiC Interview with author Josh Levs on Fatherhood

Along with the rest of the country, CiC celebrates Father’s Day in June. This month we will host our annual Men & Birth, ushering in a wave of soon-to-be dads with inspiring stories and tips. We also celebrate the many acts of advocacy taking place to […]

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CiC in Albany for Lobby Day

Choices in Childbirth joined the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) in Albany on April 21st for their annual Lobby Day. This all-day event focused on securing the passage of the Midwifery Birth Center Bill (A446/S4325) which would bring more birth centers to […]

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CiC Supports “Improving Access to Maternity Care Act of 2015”

Choices in Childbirth strongly supports the “Improving Access to Maternity Care Act of 2015,” bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress on March 3, 2015 to identify and remedy shortages in maternity care providers. The bill (S. 628/ HR 1209) was introduced by Senators Mark Kirk(R-IL) and […]

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ACOG/SMFM Consensus Statement: Recognizing Birthing Centers As An Answer

A new consensus statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists, recognizes that women need to have a wide range of options in childbirth, ranging from out-of-hospital births with midwives for women at low-risk of complications to […]

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