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Is Your Perinatal Practice Mother-Friendly? A Strategy for Improving Maternity Care


  • Barbara Hotelling is a childbirth educator and President of Lamaze International, Washington, DC.

  • © 2002, Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). Permission granted to freely reproduce in whole or in part with complete attribution. For more information, contact

* Barbara Hotelling, 2112 Bretton Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, United States.


Abstract: The purpose of the questionnaire, “Is Your Perinatal Practice Mother-Friendly?” is to provide health practitioners with an evidence-based tool that can be used to improve maternity care. The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative is a consensus document promoting a wellness model of maternity care that was developed by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) and ratified by major childbirth organizations and leading authorities in maternity care. By complying with the “Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care,” a hospital or practice can be designated as “mother-friendly.” The questionnaire enables health care providers to apply the Ten Steps to their maternity practice or services.

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