TeamBirth is a communication and teamwork process that closes gaps in communication that challenge the safety and dignity of people giving birth. Stormont Vail Health is implementing this new initiative to enhance the birthing experience and improve outcomes for patients and newborns.

What is TeamBirth?

The TeamBirth model was developed and rigorously tested by Ariadne Labs as part of its Delivery Decisions Initiative, a research and social impact program focused on transforming childbirth care around the world. 

A central component of the TeamBirth model is a shared planning board in all labor and delivery rooms to name the team, elevate the patient’s birth preferences, and outline care plans and progress for the patient and the baby. This serves as an ongoing shared reference for the team.

The full care team, which includes integral involvement from the patient giving birth and their support person, meet frequently throughout labor and delivery in huddles to make sure all parties are aware of the patient's preferences, symptoms, and experiences and to set clear expectations.

The goal is to empower all members of the care team - including the patients themselves - to play an active role in shared decision-making to improve the safety and quality of care.

Why is TeamBirth Important?

90 percent of preventable injuries during childbirth are due to failures in communication, both between multiple providers and/or between providers and their patients. 

The maternal mortality rate in the US has been rising for decades. People giving birth today are 50% more likely to die during childbirth than their own mothers -- 3-4x more likely if they are Native or Black.

All people who give birth deserve to have a safe, dignified experience. TeamBirth, developed by Ariadne Labs, is an evidence-based approach to turning this vision into a reality.

TeamBirth ensures people giving birth and the clinicians who are caring for them have shared input and understanding into decisions during labor and delivery.

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Who is Using TeamBirth & Where is the Research Behind It?

The TeamBirth care process was tested in a clinical trial at four hospitals in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Washington, involving hundreds of clinicians and tens of thousands of families. 

In the trial: 

  • 79% of patients felt their preferences made a difference in the care they received.
  • 87% of patients felt they had the role they wanted in decisions about their labor. 
  • 94% of patients reported that their clinical team talked with them in a way they could understand.
  • 90% of clinicians said they would recommend TeamBirth.

TeamBirth was designed based on best practices in communication, teamwork, and clinical care in collaboration with experts from the major professional organizations in obstetrics in the United Staes, including ACOG, SMFM, ACNM, and AWHONN.

As of May 2022, TeamBirth has been implemented at 28 hospitals across the US, with a total of 120 planned for implementation before the year is over. 

Ariadne Labs

Ariadne labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. With a mission to save lives and reduce suffering, our vision is that health systems equitably deliver the best possible care for every patient, everywhere, every time. We use human-centered design, health systems implementation science, public health expertise, and frontline clinical care experience to design, test and spread scalable systems-level solutions to some of health care's biggest problems. From developing checklists and conversation guides to fostering international collaborations and establishing global standards of measurement, our work has been accessed in more than 165 countries, touching hundreds of millions of lives.

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