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FBC Implements New Process

August 29, 2023

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The Family Birth Center at Boone County Hospital is participating in a new, national labor and delivery care model they have been working on for the past year and have it fully implemented.     

The model known as “TeamBirth” prioritizes check-ins with all members of a patient’s care team as well as family members to ensure seamless communication about birth preferences and patient status.  Promoting teamwork and communication not only supports shared decision-making, but also provides an opportunity to promote patient dignity in care.       

TeamBirth integrates two core principles into clinical practice:

  • Simplicity:  Clarifying options and decision making processes to make the right choice the easiest choice

  • Teamwork:  Elevating all members of the team, including the birthing person and their support person, with the goal of promoting psychological safety.     

The initiative was developed by Ariadne Labs, a joint health center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.  Early quality data has suggested a positive impact on patient safety and satisfaction including a reduction in cesarean sections.  

Pictured, left to right:  Kaci Mahannah, Christine Vanderleest, Dr. Hay

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