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.

Why providers 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, former president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, highlighted in her qualitative study of “normalized birth” in the U.K., this simple semantic difference can lead to a dramatic change in how care is perceived by … Continue Reading.

Fostering engagement for better maternity care

Second in a series on Business Strategies for Payment Reform. Read part one.   Whatever your political viewpoint or agenda, the evidence is clear that healthcare in the U.S. is changing. As maternity providers, we understand transition and all of its drama. If you can think of healthcare reform as a birth, then perhaps the … Continue Reading.

[Health] Data never sleeps

  (This is a Part 2 of a two part series on Privacy and Security in the Millennial World.  Part 1 is here).   If supply and demand were to be applied to the Big Data industry, we are in a data glut.  As the above infographic from DOMO showcases, in the span of just one minute: … Continue Reading.

Why health matters for maternity care

Over the last 4 years as a founder and CEO of Maternity Neighborhood, I have met countless people who are focused on changing the US maternity care system.  The single unifying factor I’ve noticed is (put simply) we all love what we do.   Love is also at the core of the mother-baby dyad, and … 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.

Net Neutrality vote will help ensure accessibility to HIT

Yesterday’s FCC vote to impose open Internet rules could have far reaching effects on the growing need for access to Health Information Technology (HIT) for patients at highest risk and with the greatest need for quality information and tools for improving healthcare.   By defeating special interests seeking to charge higher fees to customers for … Continue Reading.

Is listening the secret sauce?

According to a recent study at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health involving a sample of 2,400 women, those attended by midwives during their pregnancy and birth experiences were more likely to ask the questions they had than those seeing doctors.   In a statement from lead author Katy Kozhimannil, Ph.D., M.P.A.:   … 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.

Care models that work: Midwife-Led Maternity Services

This post is part five in a 10-part series on care model innovation.   A Fragmented System, With Some Fragments Missing In the literature, we see care model innovation held up as the solution to fragmentation. According to a Commonwealth Fund report:   Fragmentation fosters frustrating and dangerous patient experiences, especially for patients obtaining care from multiple providers … Continue Reading.

Care models that work: Community-Based Doulas

This post is part four in a 10-part series on care model innovation.   What good could come from childbirth? It almost seems ludicrous to ask what good can come from childbirth, since birth results in a new human being, an event celebrated across every culture. But it is a worthy question to consider in the context of … Continue Reading.

Care models that work: Nurse-Family Partnership

This post is part three in a 10-part series on care model innovation.   We left off last week with Don Berwick’s list of features common to care models that create health. These included reconnecting personal health to relationships, and impacting the whole person, not just the “disease.” These are the crux of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), … Continue Reading.

What is care model innovation?

This post is part one of a series on care model innovation.    Before I set out to examine care model innovation in maternity care, I wanted to take a look at innovative care models in our broader healthcare system. I knew silo thinking was one thing I needed to get away from in this … Continue Reading.

Announcing a blog series on care model innovation

I am excited to begin blogging here about care model innovation. As a technology company, Maternity Neighborhood aims to develop the tools that make it easier to deliver care differently. Strategically, we align ourselves with the care models we think will grow rapidly as our healthcare system evolves to become more person-centered and value-driven.   … Continue Reading.

Bringing clarity to collaboration: ACNM asks for public comment on data definitions to drive better maternity care

Data are the foundation of a better healthcare system. The seminal Institute of Medicine report, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America, points to improved data infrastructure as the top priority for achieving better care, system improvement, and the generation of new knowledge. And rapid adoption of electronic … Continue Reading.

What does a healthy birth look like?

The Daily Beast recently ran an article, The App Based Healthcare of the Future, which was refreshingly honest about the limitations of apps, wearables, and other health tech to drive better health for all. The article contends that: There’s a need for the new wave of health tech to build some form of wellness literacy…This … 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.