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NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - NICHD

The NICHD is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NICHD has primary responsibility for conducting and supporting basic, translational, and clinical research in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences related to child and maternal health, in medical rehabilitation, and in the reproductive sciences. Information specialists are available to answer your calls Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., EST.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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American Association of Birth Centers

The National Association of Childbearing Centers (NACC) is the Nation's largest repository of information on freestanding birth centers. It offers a telephone information consultation service, workshops, speakers, an annual convention, and written and audiovisual materials. Information is available on all aspects of running a birth center: standards, quality assurance, planning, reimbursement, licensure, accreditation, costs, evaluation, and current survey data.

Review Date: July 01, 2008

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American College of Nurse-Midwives

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) establishes standards for the practice of nurse-midwifery, certifies nurse-midwives, and accredits nurse-midwifery education programs. ACNM holds an annual convention, publishes a variety of educational materials, and refers consumers to locally practicing nurse-midwives. ACNM also cooperates with allied groups to improve services for mothers and infants.

Review Date: September 16, 2010

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American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Founded in 1951, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has over 55,000 members and is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women. ACOG works primarily in four areas: serving as a strong advocate for quality health care for women; maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members; promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care; increasing awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care. ACOG houses a resource center which acts as a clearinghouse for ob/gyn information for both professionals and consumers.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) was founded in 1963 as the education arm of Planned Parenthood® Federation of America (PPFA) and incorporated as an independent organization 1972. A leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health, ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health.

Review Date: September 28, 2011

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International Childbirth Education Association

International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) as a professional organization supports educators and other health care providers who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care. ICEA is a nonprofit organization.

Review Date: February 03, 2012

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Lamaze International

Lamaze International, formerly ASPO/Lamaze, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, support and protect normal birth through education and advocacy. Since 1960, Lamaze International has provided the most comprehensive and respected education program for Lamaze teachers available. Lamaze's membership is comprised of 4,000 childbirth educators, health care providers, and parents. More than 10,000 professionals have earned the LCCE credential, and a significant portion of childbirth education classes are taught by Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators. Among its many services, Lamaze operates the Lamaze Media Center, which offers a wide selection of books, videotapes, audiotapes, and specialty products related to pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. Lamaze has also established the Lamaze Approved Provider Program, whereby hospitals, birth centers, group practices and other institutional providers are recognized for meeting Lamaze standards and offering excellence in childbirth education.

Review Date: October 21, 2010

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Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Mayo Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit corporation with a mission to provide the highest quality, compassionate care at a reasonable cost through a physician-led team of diverse people working together in clinical practice, education and research in a unified multi-campus system. More than 400,000 patients a year come to its outpatient clinics and hospitals in three states -- Minnesota (Rochester), Florida (Jacksonville), and Arizona (Scottsdale).

Review Date: November 02, 2010

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Midwives Alliance of North America

Founded in 1982, the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) is an organization of North American midwives and their advocates. MANA's central mission is to promote midwifery as a quality health care option for North American families. The Alliance's goals are to: expand communication and support among North American midwives; form an identifiable and cohesive organization representing the profession of midwifery on a regional, national, and international basis; promote guidelines for the education of midwives and to assist in the development of midwifery education programs; promote research in the field of midwifery as a quality health care option; promote and support a woman's right to choose her care provider and place of birth; and promote public education and midwifery advocacy. Mothers Naturally is a public education program from the Midwives Alliance of North America.

Review Date: January 19, 2012

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MOST (Mothers of Supertwins)

MOST (Mothers of Supertwins), a community of families, volunteers and professionals founded in 1987, is the leading national nonprofit provider of support, education and research on higher-order multiple births. MOST's mission is to advocate for quality prenatal care, promote healthy deliveries, and supply information to all multiple birth families in order to support successful parenting through every phase of their children's development.

Review Date: April 26, 2012

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Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International (PSI) was formed June 26, 1987 to increase awareness in our communities about the emotional changes often experienced during pregnancy and after the arrival of the baby. Objectives of PSI are to meet and exchange information between members, encourage formation of new postpartum support groups, encourage health care professional participation, address legislative issues, encourage research, and collaboration with other related organizations; establish criteria for training; supervision and evaluation of volunteers; and address insurance coverage issues. The Mission is to promote international awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues to childbearing.

Review Date: February 09, 2013

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PreemieCare

PreemieCare is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families of infants born preterm through education, support, and resources. PreemieCare is a division of MOST (Mothers of Supertwins), Inc. a non-profit parenting organization that provides information, education, support and additional resources for families of multiples. The mission of PreemieCare is to educate, support and offer additional resources for families of babies born preterm. PreemieCare has a special focus on RSV awareness and prevention. Issues such as breastfeeding preemies, parenting in the NICU, early intervention and much more are also addressed by PreemieCare, as are networking opportunites for preemie support groups.

Review Date: September 26, 2011

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