Why does accreditation matter for your family?
"I chose an accredited birth center because I wanted the assurance of safe, high-quality, evidence-based care that would lead to best possible outcomes for me and my babies."
Here are a few examples of how the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) ensures dedication to exceptional care for you and your baby.
- The standards require best practices in maternity care, so that CABC accredited birth centers can keep up with the latest research.
- Because CABC accredited birth centers have proper training and equipment (which meets another standard), they can provide safe care in emergencies.
- CABC Accreditation also requires that CABC accredited birth centers use a shared decision-making process, which helps them better understand what you need as they work with you through your pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and new parent experiences.
"It is really important to me knowing that I can trust the safety and quality of the birth center where I go for care. I checked to make sure I found an accredited birth center in my area."
Rachel Langan, Birth Center Parent
What does Accreditation mean?
The Mark of Quality
The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) provides support, education, and accreditation to developing and existing freestanding birth centers and Alongside Midwifery Units.
When a birth center chooses to be accredited by the CABC, they are measured against rigorous standards.
They are the only published standards which can validate that the birth center practices safe, evidence-based maternity care and avoids inappropriate use of technology.
Look for the CABC Accredited Seal at your birth center.
Learn more about excellent birth centers
The CABC listens to parents
Do you wish to file a complaint about a CABC-accredited birth center?