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Site Visit Process

Year of the Site Visit

Your Alongside Midwifery Unit follows these steps in the year that a Site Visit is required:

  1. Learn the latest about accreditation in our training.
  2. Complete the Self Evaluation ReportThe Self Evaluation Report is an in-depth review of your Alongside Midwifery Unit’s clinical and administrative operations.
  3. Host a Site Visit to verify the Self Evaluation Report.
  4. Wait for a Decision Letter from the Board of Commissioners, after a Decision Panel has reviewed your forms. (If your Alongside Midwifery Unit is accredited, you will receive a certificate of accreditation with this letter.)
  5. Complete any requirements in your Decision Letter by the specified date. (Most birth centers receive a Decision Letter that indicates that the center is indeed Accredited and there are requirements to complete in order to finish up the review.)
  6. Refresh your promotional materials about being a CABC-accredited Alongside Midwifery Unit.
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Interim Years: 3-Yr Accreditation Only

Your Alongside Midwifery Unit follows these steps in each of the two years between Ordinary Site Visits:

  1. Learn the latest with any new versions of the CABC Alongside Midwifery Unit Standards.
  2. Complete the Interim Status Report. The Interim Status Report is the short form of the Self Evaluation. (Notice there is no site visit.) 

4 types of Site Visits

Initial Registration Site Visit:

  • Your center will have this kind of site visit to get started.
  • If your center is accredited after this site visit, you will receive either a 1-Yr or a 3-Yr certificate, depending upon your Starting Point.
  • This site visit is not included in monthly enrollment. It is a pre-requisite to monthly enrollment.

1-Yr Review Site Visit

  • Your center will only have this kind of site visit if your Starting Point was 1-Yr Accreditation.
  • If your center is re-accredited after this site visit, you will receive a 3-Yr certificate.
  • This site visit is not included in monthly enrollment. If your Starting Point was 1-Yr Accreditation, it is a pre-requisite to monthly enrollment.

Ordinary Site Visit

  • Your center will have this kind of site visit when participating in monthly enrollment.
  • If your center is re-accredited after this site visit, you will receive a 3-Yr certificate.
  • This site visit is included in monthly enrollment.

Additional Review Site Visit

  • Your center will only have this kind of site visit when it is required by a Decision Letter.
  • If your center is re-accredited after this site visit, you will receive a certificate appropriate to your situation.
  • This site visit is not included in monthly enrollment.
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