Promoting Normal Birth
We want to lend our voices in support of the growing movement of women, families, caregivers, and advocacy coalitions who are dedicated to reestablishing normal birth as the standard of care.
This movement seeks to reclaim the meaning and wonder of a normal, healthy birth and to inspire both women and caregivers to reincorporate normal birth as part of society’s overall policies and standards for reproductive health.
Based on our many years of clinical and research experience, we share a vision of how birth can be optimized and how a natural birth can be both safe and powerfully transformative.
There is a proliferation of information about all aspects of care in labor. Recently, many experts have harshly criticized the “medicalizing” of childbirth.
Scientific reasons that a natural birth is preferable, if at all possible
We present the case that science is on the side of normal birth: undisturbed, noninvasive, non-coercive, and noninterventionist. This is at odds with the typical practices and protocols found in many medical institutions.
From: Childbirth Connection
Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve
by Carol Sakala and Maureen P. Corry
©2008 Milbank Memorial Fund
Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and wellbeing of mothers, babies, and families. Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs. This evidence-based mother-, baby-, and family-friendly model focuses on prevention and wellness as the alternatives to high-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs.