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The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): Creating Optimal MotherBaby Maternity Care

by Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, FSfAA (Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology)
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Handout: Yes

The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI) is a human rights-oriented, quality care initiative created by the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization and launched in March 2008. It has been translated into over 20 languages and is currently being implemented in pilot/demonstration projects in hospitals in Austria, Quebec, and Brazil, and in dozens of independent birth practices around the world called MotherBaby networks (MBnets). The purpose of the IMBCI is to call global attention to the importance of the quality of the mother’s birth experience and its impact on the outcome, the risks to MotherBaby from inappropriate medical interventions and lack of access to appropriate emergency care, and the scientific evidence showing the benefits of optimal MotherBaby care based on the normal physiology of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. The IMBCI 10 Steps set the gold standard for excellence and superior outcomes in maternity care. This presentation will describe the IMBCI and the multiple ways in which it is being put to work around the world, inspiring participants that they too can take one Step at a time to create an optimal MotherBaby Model of maternity care based on the Principles and 10 Steps of the IMBCI.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe the history and development of the IMBCI.
Objective 2: Discuss how to create a global initiative using both grassroots, top-down, and mid-level support.
Objective 3: Name the 10 Steps of the IMBCI.
Objective 4: Name and describe the 3 accepted IMBCI demonstration sites implementing the IMBCI 10 Steps that are currently underway.
Objective 5: Describe MotherBaby networks (MBnets) and how any institution, individual practice, or organization can become an MBnet.

Categories: Birth Advocacy