MissionThe Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and wellbeing of mothers, babies, and families. Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs. This evidence-based mother-, baby-, and family-friendly model focuses on prevention and wellness as the alternatives to high-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs.
Meet the Coalition
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a non-profit organization comprised of our governing and administrative bodies (CIMS' Leadership Team and committees), annual members who make formal commitments of support and participation, and the broader community of childbirth organizations, birth professionals, stakeholders, birth advocates and consumers working towards evidence-based, Mother-Friendly maternity care consistent with the Ten Steps defined in the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI).
As you read about the many exciting opportunities for your participation, we hope that you will be inspired to get involved and support CIMS.
The Leadership Team
The Leadership Team (LT) is CIMS’ Board of Directors and serves as the policy-making body of CIMS. The charge of the Leadership Team (LT) is to manage and direct the business affairs of CIMS in furtherance of its mission and strategic goals and allocate the resources necessary to accomplish those objectives. Using the consensus model of decision making, LT members from across the country perform CIMS’ business as a “virtual team”. Members contribute 5-15 hours per week to the LT and often serve on other CIMS committees as well.
Check out CIMS' “action” committees (described below). Our committees are always open to applications for new volunteers! Won't you join us in our efforts to improve maternity care?
CIMS' Grassroots Advocates Committee (GAC): Jenne Alderks, Chair
CIMS' Grassroots Advocates Committee (GAC) is a home within CIMS for grassroots maternity care improvement organizations and activists. Currently, the “Transparency in Maternity Care Project: The Birth Survey” is the primary focus of GAC’s work. To learn more about this project, visit www.TheBirthSurvey.com. The GAC has their own “Grassroots Grapevine”, where individual activists and organizations across the country can share experiences, templates, how-to’s and enlist support for their maternity care improvement work. Please visit the Grassroots Advocates Committee page for more information about this committee.
CIMS' Evidence and Action Committee (EAC): Barbara Hotelling, Chair
CIMS' Evidence and Action Committee (EAC) oversees the development of all educational and information documents released by CIMS, monitors the evidence basis of the ten steps for Mother-Friendly Care and distributes that information among CIMS members and the public through various mediums and publications. New projects now underway include the development of the online “live” version of the evidence basis document where an updated review of the literature supporting each of the care practices contained within the Ten Steps will be accessible and a professional line of materials on Mother-Friendly care. Visit our Evidence and Action Committee page to learn more.
CIMS' 2013 Forum Planning Committee: Sherry Payne, Chair
CIMS' Forum Planning Committee is charged with the annual development of a high-quality educational and networking event that is inclusive of our broad audience of organizations, professionals, stakeholders, birth advocates and consumers. Planning of the annual Forum begins in April of the year preceding the next year’s Forum. Each year, the Forum Planning Committee develops a theme and invites top leaders and researchers in maternity care to speak, as well as “front line” practitioners and advocates who share their successful models of Mother-Friendly Care with the CIMS community. Attendees can earn continuing education units (CEU's) for their participation. Please visit the Forum Planning Committee page to learn about the latest CIMS Forum.
CIMS' Organizational Members Committee
CIMS' Organizational Members work together to raise awareness and demand for evidence-based care by adding the collective voice of their organizations to the nation’s only coalition of maternity care providers, childbirth organizations, stakeholders, birth advocates and consumers.
Learn more about CIMS' active Organizational Members:
- CIMS' Bronze, Silver and Gold Sponsors