Everyone has a stake in the health of mothers and babies, and the Maternity Neighborhood platform is designed to enable solutions for these multiple stakeholders.
Led by MN advisory board member Cara Osborne, CNM, SD, Baby+Co aims to scale up outpatient maternity care delivery via innovative maternity care centers that advance the birth center model of care. Baby+Co has operational birth centers in Bentonville, AR and Cary, NC with two more opening soon in Denver and Nashville. Baby+Co has chosen the MN platform as the technology platform to operate their business and has partnered with MN on development initiatives.
The American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) has a federal grant to study effectiveness of birth center care to Maternity Neighborhood. The grant spans a 4-year period with a subcontracted portion allocated for Maternity Neighborhood to host the AABC open source data registry tool (Lime Survey) that currently collects patient-level outcomes data, and for MN data scientists to extract and report data for submission to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Additionally, AABC is using the MN Care Guide to deliver educational content and patient surveys to study participants.
The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) is the largest midwifery organization in the United States. ACNM’s 11,000 members attend approximately 8% of all births in the US. In 2014, MN contracted with ACNM on two projects to define data and usability standards for a midwifery data registry. MN also partnered with ACNM to participate in interdisciplinary efforts to ensure adoption of relevant standards across providers (obstetricians, midwives, obstetric anesthesiologists, and others) and settings (hospital, birth center, and home).
The National Partnership for Women and Families is a highly influential policy and consumer advocacy organization with campaigns focused on consumer health IT, patient and family engagement, legal rights of childbearing women, and maternity care quality. The Partnership has collaborated with MN to provide evidence-based patient education in Maternity Neighborhood’s Care Guide. In addition, a forthcoming policy report on patient access to their health data will highlight Maternity Neighborhood’s innovative electronic health record that provides total patient access and fosters meaningful patient engagement.
Lamaze International is the leading childbirth education professional organization in the United States, with a majority of its membership providing or coordinating educational activities in hospital settings. Lamaze has partnered with MN to provide engaging, evidence-based educational content through the MN Care Guide.
The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) is the leading policy institute focused on patient engagement, care model innovation, and value-based payment for healthcare. MN is collaborating with the Dartmouth Preference Lab, a research entity within TDI, to enable shared decision making with MN tools, and to measure the impact in maternity care. MN will host the Preference Lab’s patient decision aids, known as Option Grids, in the Care Guide and will use their validated survey tools to measure women’s involvement in decision making and overall coordination of care.