The American Association of Birth Centers Foundation was established in 1994 to advance public knowledge and understanding of issues related to family-centered childbirth. The foundation raises funds to support advancement of the AABC birth center model as the standard to improve maternity and women's health care. Based on a wellness model of pregnancy and birth, the birth center is a homelike facility operating within a healthcare system. Birth centers are guided by the principles of prevention of complication, sensitivity to the needs of the individual family, safety for both mother and baby, appropriate use of medical intervention, and cost-effective care. Birth centers provide family-centered care for healthy women before, during, and after normal pregnancy, labor, and birth.
To help advance this mission, the foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 in support of research on issues related to the birth center model of care. The program is open to individuals or organizations, and nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship is not required. However, applicants must be able to demonstrate capacity and a plan to complete the research in accordance with the project's timeline.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than November 14. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete application by January 7, 2019.
See the American Association of Birth Centers Foundation website for program guidelines and application instructions.