Author | Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA


Impossible Math: Financing a Freestanding Birth Center and Supporting Health Equity

February 20, 2019

Births in freestanding birth centers are increasing, and the number of birth centers is increasing, as well, but capacity is not keeping up with demand. Freestanding birth centers provide many of the same services that are provided for low-risk pregnancies in hospitals, and there is evidence of equivalent or better outcomes of care both here in the United States and in abroad. Yet, freestanding birth centers are paid less than hospitals for doing the same work.

A Blueprint for Building Better Maternity Care Payment Systems

July 03, 2018

In the United States, too many of our mothers are dying during and after childbirth. Costs of childbirth care are high for everyone—for health plans, for taxpayers, and for families. We are moving in the wrong direction, and it is well past time to change course.

Our Maternity Care System Is Broken "Here's How We Can Fix It"

October 17, 2017

Truly improving equity in childbirth care requires a bold new path forward.

Role of Racial and Geographical Bias in Rural Maternity Care

September 05, 2017

Racial bias happens everywhere; it happens, often implicitly, as decisions are made about access to childbirth care in rural America.