HIPAA for Midwifery 101: Part 1 – The Basics

Special Note:  This article series was originally published on the Private Practice for Midwives blog in 2013.  We have had multiple requests to reprint it here on the MN blog.  While MN continues to primarily serve midwifery practices in the US, we have expanded our offerings to include obstetric led practices that are drawn to … Continue Reading.

Tool Tips in the Neighborhood

We’ll be highlighting certain essentials in a new Tool Tips series. Did you know that in Maternity Neighborhood, you can:   access online documents anytime that explain in detail various aspects of the tool (with screenshots!)? In response to frequently asked questions and in order to have all users taking full advantage of the tools, … Continue Reading.

Shared Decision Making FAQ

Here (and in our previous post) we plan to answer all your questions about Shared Decision Making and how to do it with Maternity Neighborhood. According to a 2014 Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare, shared decision making is an emerging standard for patient-centered care and is increasingly supported by federal and … Continue Reading.

MN & Shared Decision Making

  In our new blog post series, we plan to answer all your questions about Shared Decision Making and how to do it with Maternity Neighborhood. According to a 2014 Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare, shared decision making is an emerging standard for patient-centered care and is increasingly supported by federal … Continue Reading.

History and context

We are excited to share with you this talk Brynne gave in the spring at the opening ceremony of the Tom Tom Founders Festival. She discusses what is inherent in every birth we attend: opportunity, resources and potential.   This talk features some context of our local birth outcomes here in Charlottesville, Virginia; mentions the … Continue Reading.

MN named Innovator of the Year!

At a gala awards ceremony in Charlottesville, Maternity Neighborhood was named Innovator of the Year by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC). A local company with broad reach, Maternity Neighborhood engages pregnant women, delivers educational content and surveys and helps manage the care journey during pregnancy and beyond. The company is helmed by founders, midwife … Continue Reading.

Moving to the Neighborhood

As of last week we have begun migrating practices from the legacy EHR to the new Maternity Neighborhood. We look forward to sharing testimonials from practices as folks transition to the full scope of integrated tools included in the new platform.   Like any neighborhood worth living in, ours is about connection. We have spent … Continue Reading.

MN nominated for Innovator of the Year

Maternity Neighborhood has been named as a finalist for Innovator of the Year by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC). A local company with broad reach, Maternity Neighborhood engages pregnant women, delivers educational content and surveys and helps manage the care journey during pregnancy and beyond. The company is helmed by midwife and CEO Brynne … Continue Reading.

MN awarded place on Framework Agreement

Maternity Neighbourhood  (note our UK spelling!) has just been awarded  a place on the NHS Framework Agreement for Clinical Information Systems.   Maria Booker, our UK General Manager explains what this means for Maternity Neighbourhood in the UK.   “This is a great result for Maternity Neighbourhood, as it shows we are a credible alternative … Continue Reading.

New maternity facility classifications shift the focus to maternal health and safety

  A new consensus report from the  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recommends a regionalized maternity care system, by classifying and ranking levels of services for mothers. This report follows on the tails of a UK study and the NICE guidelines, recommending that women be encouraged … Continue Reading.

A new tool for listening to mothers

We are pleased to launch the Maternity Neighborhood Care Guide with custom surveys for the American Association of Birth Centers and the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative. The Care Guide presents a library of curated resources for providers and women, building on the strong informed consent model of birth center and midwifery care. … Continue Reading.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

If you’re reading this post, you are likely someone with a keen interest in maternity care. It’s not hard to have an interest in maternity care, after all each of us has been born and therefore knows at an intrinsic level that birth is the single most important thing that happens to humans. It’s the … Continue Reading.

Maternity Neighborhood and Strong Start

We are entering our second year as AABC’s technical research partner for the Strong Start for Mothers & Newborns grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. The aim of the Strong Start project is to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. Specifically, the study is … Continue Reading.

Maternity Neighborhood teams up with ACNM on data collection and quality improvement

A huge part of our vision here at Maternity Neighborhood relies on collaboration with strategic partners. We recognize the influence that technology can have on practice and behaviors and believe that through alliances with organizations that represent our community in the professional and political realms we can have more impact with everything we design and … Continue Reading.

Amy Romano joins Private Practice

Amy Romano, MSN, CNM has joined Private Practice as Vice President of Health Ecosystems.   Amy Romano CNM, MSNChildbirth Connection’s former Transforming Maternity Care Partnership Director will oversee the new Maternity Neighborhood, a series of modular tools for client engagement, patient-centered outcomes research, and clinical quality improvement that can securely exchange data on Private Practice’s … Continue Reading.

Why midwives should share their notes with clients

British midwives don’t “take a patient’s medical history” they “listen to her story”. As Certified Nurse Midwife Holly Kennedy, president of ACNM, highlighted in her qualitative study of “normalized birth” in the UK, this simple semantic difference can lead to a dramatic change in how care is perceived by our clients.   Midwives in the … Continue Reading.