Baby+Co. Response to North Carolina DHHS.
Recently, Baby+Co. cooperated with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on an external review of our Cary center. While we thank DHHS for conducting their review, lack of familiarity with birth centers was evident in their report, resulting in significantly flawed findings. We have responded to DHHS with a robust list of factual inaccuracies and misguided conclusions that create a distorted impression of the quality of our safety systems and the professionalism of our care providers.
We have taken recent events in our Cary center very seriously, and have conducted a series of internal and external reviews of highly qualified clinical teams including The Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement and the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC), whose standards the report cited. All of our centers are fully accredited by the CABC and we have operated in good standing in states with birth center regulations.
Overall, our model of care has a tremendous track record of success – delivering better outcomes for women with low-risk pregnancies than hospital-based care, with lower mortality and morbidity rates and significantly lower c-section, pre-term birth and NICU admission rates.
Our response letter to the DHHS can be seen here: