|May 7, 1999|
Volume 1, Issue 19
|Midwifery Today E-News|
“Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)”
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"Education means drawing out a person's latent capacities for understanding and living, not stuffing a passive person full of preconceived knowledge."
- Stephen Nachmanovitch in "Free Play"
2) The Art of Midwifery
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Antioxidants and Placental Calcification
A study of 1,500 pregnant women examined the effects of antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamins E and C on the calcification of placental tissue caused by smoking. The amount of daily antioxidants each woman consumed was calculated using the results of interviews with nutritionists. For each dietary unit of vitamin E there was an approximate 47 percent reduction in the risk of placental calcification. A similar trend was seen for vitamin C and beta-carotene, but this finding was limited to African-American women.
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- American Journal of Epidemiology, 1998; 147
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4) CIMS Mission Statement
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care of and well-being 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 alternative to high-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs.
5) What is the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative?
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a collaboration of maternity service professionals including midwives, physicians, nurses, childbirth educators, labor support providers, lactation consultants, postpartum care providers and consumer advocates. In 1996, after two years of meetings, the organization produced a consensus statement regarding childbirth practices in the United States. The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) is an evidence-based document that provides guidelines for identifying and designating mother-friendly birth sites including hospitals, birth centers and homebirth services. The initiative outlines ten steps for mother-friendly care and includes a requirement for birth sites to also qualify as baby-friendly according to World Health Organization guidelines.
The MFCI has generated interest both at a national level and abroad.
CIMS is now focusing on a variety of methods for putting the MFCI to work.
6) Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (paraphrased and condensed)
- Normalcy of the Birthing Process: Women and babies have the inherent wisdom to birth; babies are aware, sensitive human beings and should be treated as such; breastfeeding provides optimum nourishment; birth can safely take place in hospitals, birth centers and homes; midwifery model of care is the most appropriate for the majority of women.
- Empowerment: A woman's confidence and ability to give birth and care for her baby are enhanced or diminished by those who give her care and by the birth environment; a mother and baby's interconnectedness must be respected; the childbearing period is a milestone event that profoundly affects its participants and in the long run, society.
- Autonomy: Every woman should have the opportunity to: have a healthy and joyous birth experience; give birth as she wishes; have access to the full range of options for pregnancy, birth and the nurturance of her baby; receive accurate and up to date information about the benefits and risks of all procedures during the childbearing year, with the right to informed consent; receive support for making informed choices.
- Do No Harm: Interventions should not be applied routinely during the childbearing year; medical treatments should be evidence-based.
- Responsibility: Each caregiver is responsible for the quality of care given; care should be based on the needs of the mother and child; hospitals and birth centers are responsible for periodic review and evaluation based on current scientific evidence; society is responsible for ensuring access to quality maternity services for all women; individuals are ultimately responsible for making informed choices about the healthcare they and their babies receive.
(For the full version of the Initiative, check the website at http://www.healthy.net/cims Be sure to read the sidebar entitled Help Circulate This Initiative. To obtain paper copies of the Initiative, write to CIMS at 2120 L Street, Suite 1202, Washington, DC 20036 to request that a copy be mailed or faxed to you. Please include $3 US to defray costs ($4 Canada/Mexico, $5 all others).
7) ACNM Annual Meeting Workshop
Learn more about mother-friendly care at this year's ACNM Annual Meeting in
Orlando, Florida. On Saturday May 29 from 12:45 to 4:30 p.m. participants in an
interactive workshop titled Making Mother Friendly Care a Reality:
8) CIMS Slide Presentation
Work on the new CIMS slide presentation continues. A pilot presentation has
been completed and is available for showing to interested groups. This slide presentation
describes the creation and mission of CIMS, the development of the Mother-Friendly
Childbirth Initiative, the philosophy behind the 10 steps, and the steps themselves,
illustrating each point with powerful images. Every slide is accompanied by text
(in some cases, that consists of a suggestion for silence while a particular slide
The CIMS slide show has been prepared by Robbie Davis-Floyd, Mayri Sagady, Roberta Scaer, Jan Tritten, Henci Goer, and Peggy O'Mara. Slides have been donated by all of the above, as well as by Harriet Hartigan, Rae Davies, Barbara Hotelling, Sondra Bardsley, Kip Kozlowski, and Linda Smith.
This slide presentation is proving to be a powerful educational tool. It is designed to educate childbirth groups and organizations about the MFCI, and it can also be used to educate the public about the problems with American birthways and their possible solutions.
Because the CIMS slide presentation is still in a pilot stage of
If you wish to present this slide show, contact Robbie Davis-Floyd, 804 Crystal
Creek Drive, Austin Texas 78746 (home and office: 512-263-2212;
Finalization of the CIMS slide presentation awaits our obtaining a few more images. If you have slides of any of the following, please send them to Robbie Davis-Floyd at the above address:
- a circumcision in progress
9) Ten Questions
CIMS has produced a very effective brochure entitled What to Ask When Deciding Where to Have Your Baby. It lists ten questions to ask if you are going to have a baby, and provides information about the issues the questions raise. The questions are stated in values-neutral wording to not antagonize mother-unfriendly birthing services. The text that accompanies the questions is brief and to the point, clear, and potentially very empowering. The Ten Questions are:
For a copy of the brochure together with the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative, send $3 US ($4 Canada/Mexico, $5 all other) to CIMS, 2120 L St. NW, S-400, Washington, DC 20037.
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I have enjoyed your magazine for about 3 years. I subscribed to E-News a month ago and want to tell you how much I enjoy it. It is a great way to keep current and I look forward to it each week!
A special thanks to Jill Cohen for her commentary on apprenticeship [Issue 17]. As a student, it was helpful to be reminded to take things slowly and one step at a time. Too often I find myself looking at how much I don't yet know and becoming overwhelmed. Thanks Jill!
In the same issue, Jan Tritten mentioned that many women suffer from post traumatic shock syndrome after birth. Having recently heard about a women who appeared to be in shock for several days after giving birth in a local hospital, I had a couple of questions:
Lastly, I noticed that drugs in labor will be a topic in the near future. I recently read the articles on cytotec inductions in Midwifery Today Issue 49, and have also seen this mentioned elsewhere recently. I was curious if there is any information available on possible side effects on the baby both during labor and after the birth.
- Per Wilson
I put every issue of E-News in a large 3-ring binder I call my Childbirth Binder. Then others can look at my information. I am in the process of getting certified as a childbirth educator with a non-profit Christian organization called Apple Tree Ministries. I like that one of the main messages of the program is that God meant for childbirth to be a blessing, not a curse! In two of their books, Bible passages concerning "pains" in childbirth are discussed. One soon sees that the word has been misinterpreted through the years (and cultures). It was wonderful for me, as a mom with a horrible hospital birth experience, to know giving birth did not have to be an experience to dread, but instead look forward to.
I'm also writing because I have been reading some of the readers' replies and I have some resources that might be helpful for anyone who might be interested. I have viewed two videotapes of a presentation given by a doctor of chiropractic named Carol Philips. She specializes in the entire birth process and breastfeeding, etc. Included is incredible information concerning, among other things, bedrest, back labor, labor that doesn't progress, heartburn, and sciatica. She shows many other things a partner or midwife can do for the pregnant or laboring woman. If readers want further information, email me at email@example.com
- Tina Zimmermann, Marshfield, Wisconsin
I am presently a nursing student in Canada. My career path is to work with pregnant mothers, births and postnatal care. Can anyone suggest midwife or nurse-midwife schools in the United States, particularly in Oregon? I am also an American citizen. Any feedback would be helpful in determining exactly how my future career path will be accomplished.
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