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Reducing Primary Cesareans: Project Update and Annual Meeting Events

ACNM is participating in national efforts to reduce the rates of primary cesarean births. Our initiative, Reducing Primary Cesareans (RPC), aims to reduce NTSV cesareans by 15% (5% more than the national target).

Twenty teams from across the country are participating in an interdisciplinary collaborative, funded by Transforming Birth Fund with fiscal sponsorship by the A.C.N.M. Foundation, which began work in November 2015. Baseline data on rates of NTSV cesareans was collected for 2015. Now teams are hard at work implementing 1 of 3 bundles. The bundles being implemented are:

  • Promoting Labor Progress
  • Promoting Comfort in Labor
  • Intermittent Auscultation

We are hoping to field a new collaborative in 2017. If you are interested in having your hospital participate in the next RPC collaborative, please send your contact information including your institutionís name, city, and state with your name, title, and email to [email protected]

There are several events related to RPC at the ACNM Annual Meeting. Please visit us at the following events:

Saturday, May 21, 12:00 - 4:00PM: Protecting, Supporting, and Promoting Physiologic Labor and Birth in Your Practice Setting

Sunday May 22, 8:00AM - 12:00PM: Changing the Culture: A New Approach for Managing Early Labor in the Hospital Setting

Sunday, May 22, 5:30 - 6:30PM Making Normal Physiologic Birth the Norm: Lessons and Strategies from BirthTOOLS

Monday, May 23, 5:30 - 6:30PM Your Hospital Can Reduce Primary Cesareans! Lessons from Midwifery Leaders

Tuesday, May 24, 8:00 - 9:00AM: Breakout Session for Reducing Primary Cesareans Members

Tuesday, May 24, 1:00 - 5:00PM: ACNM Data Collection Tools: How to document your value!

Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 - 11:00AM: Strategies and Opportunities to Reduce the Rates of Cesarean Birth: Midwifery Care in Action


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