Make Mother-Friendly Care a Reality!

Endorse the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative
The evidence-based Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) evolved from the collaborative effort of many individuals and more than 26 organizations focused on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding during meetings spanning nearly three years in the 1990’s. The MFCI – the cornerstone of our mission – is the first and only consensus document on U.S. maternity care. Today, more than 1,200 individuals and organizations have ratified or endorsed the MFCI. Add your name to the growing list of proud endorsers today! Visit

Get Involved!
* Join The e-CIMS Community: Sign up for e-CIMS to receive our electronic newsletter and occasional updates on the latest news pertaining to Mother-Friendly Care.

* Join The CIMS Membership: CIMS is an inclusive coalition and shares its resources without restriction. Formal membership was created as a way to build on our collective strength and to establish a more structured way for individuals and organizations to support our mission. CIMS offers Individual and Organizational Memberships. Please consider adding your name or your organization’s name to our list of distinguished members.

* Take The Birth Survey: Through the CIMS’ Transparency in Maternity Care Project: The Birth Survey, we now offer expectant parents free online access to the information they need to make the two most critical decisions that impact their childbirth experiences: their choices of provider and place of birth. Visit

1. Birth is a normal, natural, and healthy process.

2. A woman’s confidence and ability to give birth and to care for her baby are enhanced or diminished by every person who gives her care.

3. Every woman should have the opportunity to have a healthy and joyous birth experience.

4. Interventions should not be applied routinely during pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period.

5. Maternity care practice should be based not on the needs of the caregiver or provider, but solely on the needs of the mother and child.

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