Funds in Action


Funding of research, and specifically the AABC Pernatal Data Registry (PDR), has been a priority of the AABC Foundation from the start. The PDR is an online data registry for ongoing collection of perinatal data in all settings and by all providers. This data registry, developed by AABC over the past 20 years, is designed to collect comprehensive data on both the process and outcomes of the midwifery model of care. The large prospective data set generated from the registry can make an important contribution to our ability to evaluate and improve the delivery of care to childbearing women and families.  Most recently the data was analyzed for the National Birth Center Study II which reinforced longstanding evidence that midwife-led birth centers provide safe and effective health care for women during pregnancy, labor, and birth. 

In 2015, the AABC Foundation funded 4 research projects on issues related to the birth center model of care.  The funded projects include:

  • Birth outcomes of women with pregravid BMIs > 30 enrolled for care at AABC birth centers
  • Midwife-attended second stage management in a freestanding birth center
  • Hydrotherapy and water birth in birth centers: practices and outcomes
  • The state of birth centers in the United States in 2016


The AABC Foundation provides fiscal sponsorship for projects that fulfill the mission of the Foundation.  Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity sponsors a project that may lack exempt status.  The Foundation's current and past fiscal sponsorship includes:

The Birth Center Impact Video Project

This is a ground-breaking project that has begun to capture the positive impact birth centers have on communities for sharing on YouTube.  It is a multi-year film documentary & social media marketing project to: document and promote the social impact that successful birth centers have on communities, so that we can better win the hearts and minds of more communities, and grow the number of birth centers in the USA.

We are excited about this project, as it will give a greater voice to those who support safe, natural, and affordable care for women and children.  The Birth Center Impact Video Project will increase the visibility of birth centers and make our message more audible to help us better-educate the public, policymakers, and payers to the quality care in birth centers. The goal is to feature the stories of many birth centers across the United States and the families, women, and children that they serve.