Team Birth

Putting Mom at the Center of the Childbirth Team

Laboring mom and her delivery team

The goal of Team Birth is for all families to have a safe and dignified birth. This approach puts YOU at the center of the team. Discussions and decision-making are centered around mom, with input from her support team, provider, and nurse.

The Team communicates using a Labor and Delivery Planning Board. This board is updated routinely during team discussions so important information is visible to all team members.

The Team Birth Whiteboard at South Shore Health
The Labor and Delivery Planning Board at South Shore Hospital

 

Information includes:

  • Names of all team members
  • Your preferences
  • Plan of care for mom, baby, and labor progress
  • Labor timeline
  • Next assessment


This approach has improved the experience of our families. At South Shore Health, 95 percent of laboring women reported feeling comfortable sharing their preferences and opinions with the doctor/midwife and nurse, and 92 percent of laboring women felt their doctor/midwife and nurse talked about their labor in a way they could understand.

We're proud to be the first healthcare organization in the United States to pilot this model of care, in partnership with Ariadne Labs.

Team Birth video screenshot of Kim Dever, MD

Learn More About Team Birth

Watch Dr. Kim Dever explain South Shore Health's Team Birth program.
Penny Simkins Roadmap of Labor

How to Use the Road Map of Labor

Use this road map to guide you on your labor journey. Its landmarks and signposts will tell you where you are. The road map will also remind you of positions, comfort measures, and activities to use to ease the journey. Refer to it whenever you are wondering what you might try to ease pain or discomfort and to improve labor progress.

Team Birth News & Events

WBUR's Martha Bebinger reports on South Shore Hospital's partnership with Ariadne Labs
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How A Boy’s Delivery Tests A 'Team Birth Project' Aimed At Reducing C-Sections

How A Boy’s Delivery Tests A 'Team Birth Project' Aimed At Reducing C-Sections

Ariadne Labs and the Team Birth Project
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South Shore Hospital lowers its C-section rate with “Team Birth Project”

South Shore Hospital lowers its C-section rate with “Team Birth Project”

Team Birth Project at South Shore Hospital
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South Shore Hospital pilots childbirth program to curb C-sections

South Shore Hospital pilots childbirth program to curb C-sections