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Welcome to Choices in Childbirth

Choices in Childbirth is a non-profit organization that is a national leader in consumer advocacy and outreach for women and their families. At CiC we believe that every woman deserves a safe, respectful and deeply fulfilling birth experience. We help women make informed decisions about where, how and with whom to birth, and ensure that they have access to the full range of birth options. CiC constantly strives to improve maternity care across the country and to ensure that the birth of each child is treated with the reverence that it deserves.

Our Mission

CiC envisions a world where every mother and child has access to care that is safe, healthy, respectful, and deeply satisfying. Through our education and advocacy initiatives, CiC helps families make informed decisions about where, how, and with whom to birth and actively works to ensure access to childbirth services and options that support healthy birth outcomes.

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I'm Pregnant!!! Now What!?

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

We love it when a woman asks questions, educates herself, and takes an active role in her maternity care decisions!

The birth of your child will be one of the most important and memorable experiences of your life. It is worth the effort and time to learn about all of your childbirth options so that you can make the decisions that are right for you and your family. Once you’ve identified what’s important to you, you’ll be able to clearly communicate your wishes and choose a care provider and birth environment that will respect and honor your choices.

We suggest that you begin with the Newly Pregnant section of this website where we have put together a list of 5 basic steps that will help guide you through the process of making these decisions.

Guide to a Healthy Birth

The Guide to a Healthy Birth provides information about women's rights and options in childbearing, articles by esteemed professionals, support for finding Mother-Friendly care, and more.

Download a copy of our current editions below, or click here to request copies to be sent to your home or office.