Physiologic Birth Initiative
In 1996, the World Health Organization called for the elimination of unnecessary intervention in childbirth, yet in 2013, there are few resources to assist women and maternity care providers in achieving this goal. A 2012 consensus statement, “Supporting Healthy and Normal Physiologic Childbirth," explicitly identified key benchmarks of safe, healthy, and normal physiologic childbirth. Throughout 2012, the National Priorities Partnership convened a “Maternity Action Team” to discuss strategies to reduce elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation and reduce the cesarean birth rate in low-risk women to 15%.
ACNM’s Physiologic Birth Initiative builds on this framework by creating tools to assist maternity care providers, women, policymakers, and payers to protect, promote, and support healthy, physiologic childbirth and to avoid overuse of interventions, thus achieving better care, better health, and lower costs.
The Physiologic Birth Task Force is comprised of a steering committee, an advisory committee, and three subcommittees (listed below) designed to identify the evidence, care processes and outcomes, quality indicators, systems changes and outreach needed to support and promote the value of healthy, spontaneous labor and birth within the health care system and to the general public. View the schematic.