Two of the core competencies of a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator center upon advocacy—individual advocacy and stakeholder advocacy.
Lamaze International continues to expand advocacy efforts by engaging policymakers, payers, and providers to develop strategic partnerships to increase access to childbirth education. Launching efforts on the local, state, and national levels are critical to this endeavor and we can only succeed with the expertise and efforts of our membership.
Recent Advocacy Efforts
Advocating for the Diverse Nature of Decision Aids
In an effort to standardize and implement decision aids that facilitate shared and informed healthcare decision making, the National Quality Forum (NQF) is developing a review protocol to assess the effectiveness of existing decision aids. Lamaze International commends the effort to standardize effective models, but cautions that not all effective decision aids are the same size and shape. In October 2016, Lamaze commented on the NQF’s proposal and use the comprehensive evidence-based childbirth education one such example of a decision aid that the proposed criteria would overlook.
Promoting the Role that Childbirth Education has in Perinatal Quality Measures
In July 2016, Lamaze submitted formal comments to the National Quality Forum’s 2015-2016 Perinatal and Reproductive Health Draft Report, which assessed and recommended a series of proposed and established measures from accrediting agencies and other healthcare organizations. Lamaze’s comments specifically addressed measures related to elective deliveries, episiotomies, cesarean births, prenatal and postpartum care, and exclusive breastfeeding.
Advocating for Evidence-Based Childbirth Education in Maternal Care Bundled Payment Models
In May 2016, Lamaze submitted feedback to the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s proposed maternity care bundled payment model. Read more about bundled payments and how they relate to maternity care on Science & Sensibility. Lamaze is pleased to see alternative payment model initiatives related to maternity care recognize the distinct role that childbirth education has in the comprehensive prenatal care model. We will continue to advocate for evidence-based childbirth education as providers, payers, and policymakers turn their focus on improving U.S. maternal and childbirth outcomes.
How You Can Help
As a member of Lamaze, we invite you to get involved. We have developed a series of resources that speak to the current state of U.S. childbirth outcomes and the role that Lamaze and its members have in improving these outcomes. After all, we are educators, and these resources will help you to educate your members of Congress, fellow providers, and other policymakers in your community and state about Lamaze’s mission and the critical role that evidence-based childbirth education has in improving childbirth outcomes.
Together, we can communicate Lamaze’s call to action and implement our strategic plan to improve access to evidence-based childbirth education—and ultimately, childbirth outcomes.
2016 Hill Day Resources
- Maternity Care in United States
- Why Does Childbirth Education Matter?
- About Lamaze
- About Lamaze Childbirth Educators
- 6 Healthy Birth Practices
Recent Science & Sensibility Posts about the 2015 Childbirth Education Roundtable