MissionThe Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with a mutual concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Our members consist of the broader community of childbirth organizations, birth professionals, stakeholders, birth advocates and consumers. CIMS’ mission is to work with the birth and breastfeeding community and our members by encouraging and promoting evidence-based, Mother-and-Baby-Friendly maternity care, as outlined in the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI), the first and only consensus document on U.S. maternity care.
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).
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.