In 2008 the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO) launched the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): 10 Steps to Optimal Maternity Care. In 2014 FIGO launched its own initiative, the FIGO Guidelines to Mother-Baby-Friendly Birthing Services. The similarities in these two initiatives led us to join forces to merge them into what is now called the International Optimal Childbirth Initiative: 12 Steps to MotherBaby-Family-Friendly Maternity Care Services. This presentation describes the IOCI, its history, and its Foundational Principles and 12 Steps, as well as our plans for dissemination and implementation of those 12 Steps in birthing facilities worldwide.
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- Describe the global crisis in maternity care and some of the current efforts being made to address it. In spite of the worldwide ongoing movement of birth into medical facilities, outcomes are not improving. Name the main reason why.
- Describe the creation of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): 10 Steps to Optimal Maternity Services and how it has been put to use all over the world since its creation in 2008.
- Detail the reasons why FIGO and IMBCI decided to combine their initiatives, and name the 12 Steps of the new merged Initiative—the International Optimal Childbirth Initiative (IOCI): 12 Steps to MotherBaby-Family-Friendly Maternity Care Services.
- What are the two important Steps that the FIGO initiative had that the IMBCI did not, and why do they matter?
- What are the future plans for the IOCI in terms of implementation in facilities worldwide? What are the major barriers do you think we will encounter? How can you help?
Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is a world-renowned medical anthropologist, international speaker and researcher in transformational models in childbirth, midwifery and obstetrics. She is author of over 80 journal articles and 23 encyclopedia articles, and of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992, 2004) and Ways of Knowing about Birth: Mothers, Midwives, Medicine, and Birth Activism—an anthology of her most popular articles, all revised and updated (2018); coauthor of From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey (1998) and The Power of Ritual (2016); and lead editor of 12 collections, the latest of which is Birth in Eight Cultures: A Cross-Cultural Investigation (forthcoming 2018). Birth Models That Work (2009) highlights optimal models of birth care around the world and will soon be followed by Birth Models That Work Volume II, Speaking Truth to Power: Childbirth Models on the Human Rights Frontier, coedited with Betty-Anne Davis. Robbie serves as Editor for the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (www.imbci.org) and the International Optimal Childbirth Initiative (IOCI): 12 Steps to MotherBaby-Family Friendly Maternity Care Services (a joint IMBCO/FIGO global initiative) and Senior Advisor to the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction. Most of her published articles are freely available on her website www.davis-floyd.com.