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Respectful Maternity Care projects include:

Research Examining the Stories of Pregnancy and Childbearing in Canada Today (RESPCCT)

(Canadian Institutes of Health Research)

Our multidisciplinary team is launching national study of experience of respect, discrimination, and mistreatment in the childbearing year, specifically among disadvantaged communities including First Nations/ Indigenous, LGTBQ2SIA+, recent immigrants and pregnant persons living with disabilities.

Changing Childbirth in BC

(Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Vancouver Foundation)

In Phase 2 of our Changing Childbirth in BC project, we are working with community members to code qualitative data on how model of care and patient-provider communication affect women’s experience of care, and to decide how best to tell these stories, and effect change. Learn more about Changing Childbirth in British Columbia here.

Improving Patient Experience of Respect and Autonomy During Maternity Care: A Pilot Study to Implement Patient-Designed Quality Measures

(American Institute of Research)

Implementation of the MADM and MORi quality measures in 5 US sites across diverse populations, and contexts for pregnancy and birth care. Learn more about MADM and MORi here.

Undisturbed Labour and Birth Index

(Transforming Birth Fund)

A Delphi study to develop an Undisturbed Labour Birth Index, a quality care measure, based on evidence-based indicators, that can implemented assess care in institutions and at the clinical practice level.

Giving Voice to Mothers US

(Transforming Birth Fund, Groundswell Fund)

This participatory action study in the US used indicators developed and validated by service users to examine how planned place of birth, race and ethnicity affect pregnancy and birth care, experiences with respect, discrimination, or mistreatment, and access to options for care. Learn more here.

Learn about the article based on Giving Voice to Mothers, Inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States, here.

Giving Voice to LGBTQ+ Families

In development via collaboration with multidisciplinary stakeholders and Dr. Molly Altman.

Person-Centred Decision Making projects include:

Dialogue and Decisions: A toolkit for health professions on collaborative leadership

(UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund)

Dissemination of 5 online interactive modules on person-centred decision making, inter-professional teamwork, communication, and conflict transformation in maternity care.

Click here to see a 40 second animation of our person-centred decision tool.

Where and How You Birth (WHY Birth)

(Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute)

The development and piloting of a patient decision aid for choice of model of maternity care and place of birth for Canadian patients.



Birth Place and Provider projects include:

Birth Place Research Quality Index (Resqu)

A reliable and practical tool that can be used to rate the quality of research that examines the effects of birth place on health outcomes. Learn more here.

The Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping (AIMM) Study

(Transforming Birth Fund)

The AIMM Study, explores the relationships between access, integration, and density of midwives in the United States with key pregnancy, birth, and newborn outcomes. Findings are now informing policy initiatives and activities at the state and regional levels. Learn more here.

Birth Summit IV: Addressing our shared responsibility for equity, safety, and respect.

(Transforming Birth Fund, Professional Organizations, sponsors)

We will convene a multi-stakeholder group of leaders to develop a strategic implementation plan for emerging evidence, tools, and models of care that can eliminate inequities, and enhance quality of care across all communities. Learn more here.

Best Practice Guidelines: Transfer from Planned Home Birth to Hospital

These guidelines were designed to facilitate the safe and mutually respectful transfer of care of a woman and her family from a planned home birth to the hospital. The model blueprint was created as the result of a unique collaboration among physicians, midwives, nurses and consumers. Learn more here.