Monday, February 22, 2010

The Importance of CIMS

This week is the annual meeting of CIMS, The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.
CIMS announced that filmmaker, family advocate and author Ricki Lake, and many other conference faculty, will address the 2010 Mother-Friendly Childbirth Forum and Annual Meeting. Lake, an integral figure in the birthing community since the 2007 debut of the documentary The Business of Being Born and subsequent projects that encourage childbearing women to become informed maternity care consumers, has traveled tirelessly around the United States to discuss the state of the birthing “industry” in an effort to demonstrate how all parents-to-be can benefit from taking a more active role in their birth experiences.
A pre-conference event, International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization’s IMBCO International Day 2010 will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, and includes presentations by Helene Vadeboncour, Mayri Sagady Leslie and Debra Pascali-Bonaro.
Your attendance at the CIMS (and the IMBCO) meeting is vital. Why?
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Their 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 alternatives to high-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs. Where else do all other maternal/child health organizations come together under "one roof" to problem-solve today's maternity care situation?
As an organizational member of CIMS and host of the 2008 Chicago Birth Summit, we (Perinatal Education Associates) supports CIMS and their mission/model. If you cannot be at the CIMS Conference this week, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and this blog! We will be bringing you photos, interviews/videos and more from this very important conference!

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