Mother-friendly Childbirth

The International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization created to develop, regularly update, and promote the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): 10 Steps to Optimal Maternity Services worldwide.

The IMBCI is based on the results of a survey of birth and breastfeeding organizations in 163 countries and on input from IMBCO’s Technical Advisory Group, international representatives, and birth experts all over the world who participated in its construction.

The purpose of the IMBCI 10 Steps is to improve care throughout the childbearing continuum in order to save lives, prevent illness and harm from the overuse of obstetric technologies, and promote health for mothers and babies around the world.


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