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Benefits of AMU Accreditation

An Alongside Midwifery Unit is a midwifery-led, homelike unit that is located within a hospital but is separate from the Labor & Delivery unit. It is designed for use by women who have a low-risk pregnancy and are anticipating a normal labor and birth. Care in an Alongside Midwifery Unit consists of evidence-based practices that support physiologic labor and birth, and optimal breastfeeding and maternal-newborn attachment.

Benefits of CABC AMU Accreditation

Accreditation from the CABC will help you:

  • Demonstrate your accountability and commitment to providing high quality maternity care to:
    • Childbearing families
    • Insurance companies
    • Maternity care colleagues
    • Your community
  • Learn to develop and use a robust Continuous Quality Improvement program that will allow you to:
    • Recognize any quality issues quickly
    • Systematically work to resolve issues in order to assure that you provide the very best possible maternity care
  • Develop policies and procedures that support the midwifery model of care, enhance risk management, and allow you to provide evidence-based maternity care.
  • Strengthen your position when negotiating with insurance companies.
  • Learn from experienced experts in AMU operations who want to help your center succeed.
  • Enhance pride in your Alongside Midwifery Unit among your staff, consumers, and collaborative physicians.
  • Provide support with your collaborative physicians and center or hospital administrators,  for your use of:
    • Evidence-based maternity care practices and
    • Avoidance of inappropriate use of technology
  • Improve your bottom line with:
    • Discounts on medical liability insurance
    • Payment from health insurance companies that require CABC accreditation for reimbursement

Dedicated to Excellence

Alongside Midwifery Units that are already accredited in our 3-year accreditation cycle also enjoy these benefits of our monthly enrollment:

  • Access to CABC accreditation experts to get questions answered while completing forms.
  • Continually improved forms and site visit experiences.
  • One site visit every 3 years.
    • Airfare, lodging and meals paid by CABC.
  • Review of two Interim Status Reports.
  • Use of a CABC Certificate of Accreditation for wall display.
  • Use of CABC’s Premium Accreditation Marketing Kit (designed for CABC-accredited AMU clients, collaborating physicians, and policymakers):
    • Clickable web badge to verify accreditation status
    • Window cling of the CABC accreditation seal
    • A set of customized  brochures about the value of CABC accreditation, featuring your Alongside Midwifery Unit’s photos, logo & contact info
Compare the Benefits available to birth centers moving toward a dedicated relationship Compare the Benefits (PDF) available to birth centers moving toward a dedicated relationship with CABC.
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