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American Association of Birth Centers

The National Association of Childbearing Centers (NACC) is the Nation's largest repository of information on freestanding birth centers. It offers a telephone information consultation service, workshops, speakers, an annual convention, and written and audiovisual materials. Information is available on all aspects of running a birth center: standards, quality assurance, planning, reimbursement, licensure, accreditation, costs, evaluation, and current survey data.

Review Date: July 01, 2008

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American College of Nurse-Midwives

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) establishes standards for the practice of nurse-midwifery, certifies nurse-midwives, and accredits nurse-midwifery education programs. ACNM holds an annual convention, publishes a variety of educational materials, and refers consumers to locally practicing nurse-midwives. ACNM also cooperates with allied groups to improve services for mothers and infants.

Review Date: September 16, 2010

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American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Through our representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Our advocacy efforts include the legislative and executive branches and include the legislative and regulatory arenas. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

Review Date: August 12, 2010

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