CIMS GAC Ambassadors

High Impact Birth Activists....Together Making Mother-Friendly Care a Reality

We are birth activists who support the CIMS Transparency in Maternity Care Project: The Birth Survey,

CIMS and TBS on the Web

The Birth Survey
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TBS Group Page
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How to Get Started

Find information and conversations about how to get started as a Marketing or GACSTAT Ambassador .

5 discussions

Please Introduce Yourself

Take a minute and introduce yourself to other ambassadors and activists on the Grapevine.

1 discussions

Important Files

This category houses important files and instructions for ambassadors (not really to be used as a discussion area as much as an area to access files)

12 discussions

Marketing Ambassadors General Discussion

Discussions related to the work of marketing ambassadors. Information on getting started as an ambassador is under the "Getting Started" category.

18 discussions

GACSTAT Ambassador General Discussion

Discussions related to the work of GACSTAT ambassadors. Information on getting started as an ambassador is under the "Getting Started" category.

7 discussions

Misc General Discussion

This is a misc discussion category for birth related issues

6 discussions


This is an FAQ section for answering questions the public or providers/facilities may have about the project. This is the dynamic and up to date version of the FAQ at the back of the Marketing handbook. Please see the specific discussions for marketing or gacstats for detailed questions or problems ambassadors are experiencing.

28 discussions


Birth Activist- Robin's Blog

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Citizens for Midwifery Blog

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Lamaze Giving Birth with Confidence Blog

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Welcome to The CIMS GAC Grassroots Grapevine on Ning for GAC Ambassadors

Welcome to a network for the CIMS GAC Ambassadors supporting the Transparency in Maternity Care Project: The Birth Survey. We are are just getting started with this network platform and we hope you will help us build it. To network and have forum discussion with other ambassadors in your state please look under groups for your state. Then you can add discussions under each state group. To have conversations with the entire network of ambassadors (like the ambassador yahoo group) make posts under the "General Discussion" area on the Main Forum. The Ambassador Training and Support Committee is working to add files to the Main forum and discussions. Let us know what we can add, and hope you will add things as well. Thank you- GAC Leadership Team

Tips on Using the Grapevine

1. To get alerts when others post to the Grassroots Grapevine please be sure to click the "follow" links at the bottom of each discussion thread. I recommend signing up for as many threads as you can. We are a low volume forum and you won't know others are posting unless you "follow" the discussions.
2. Check your personal account settings to be sure they are set to send you emails.
3. For a quick glace at the latest activity of the grapevine, scroll down on the home page. Under the ads.
4. Check out the aps and customizations possible for your personal pages. Also please ad photos, videos, music, facebook aps etc. to ad your personal touch and share with other advocates.
Happy Networking!

Blog Posts

Är dalig kredit Actuel Lan Allt Du Maste tänka pa ?

Sa vad betyder det , där och sätt är att användbar för dig ? mycket bra , betala tillbaka är avsedd för dig, främst pa grund du inte far som talrika satser. I samband med ekonomiska saker att göra , liverpool likasa känd för informativ faciliteter , ga attraktioner , diplomatiska regioner, internationella organisationer , etc. När motorfordon är nödvändig för tillträde fungerar , detta är ett särskilt giltigt skäl ha en människa. Dessa typer av dollar geneva chamonix överföringar ses som…


Posted by Jackie on April 7, 2014 at 3:54am

Cash Lan: lugnade monetär stöd att eliminera alla häck

De mest populära skälen de kommer oftast inte deklarera dessa i säkra finansiering det är faktiskt erhallas som kortsiktiga personliga lan. Vad här typen av inkomst bunt täcker gordiska knut i förnedrande pengar. Trots manga som mark ekonomiskt fragor kan lata om deras lonesome pa denna planet , en fantastisk finansiell skuld - utrotning företag kan komma tillsammans med tillsammans med hjälp du ser din väg ända fram till att personlig självständighet. Vidare , om din dalig kredit igang…


Posted by Jackie on April 6, 2014 at 3:38pm

British Women Have Full Access to Facility-Wide Intervention Data

Did you know that British cesarean rates, along with other intervention data, are available by facility? In 2008-2009, the total nationwide cesarean rate in the U.K. was 25%.

The data are summarized in and older article in The Guardian:

The complete National Health… Continue

Posted by Gwendolyn Cameron on January 7, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

volunteers needed for vetting for TBS

I'm looking for some people to help vet providers for the Birth Survey. Vetting involves looking up contact info and license numbers and it's mostly done online. Training will be provided. Vetting can be done any time during the day. It takes about 5 minutes to vet a midwife or doctor. We have around 4000 records to vet. Email Andie Gunter at if you are interested in helping.

Also, if you have access to email lists of birthnetworks, doula groups, etc. please… Continue

Posted by Andie Gunter on June 17, 2010 at 2:40pm

Interview with Jenne Alderks about The Birth Survey

Here's the link to the interview about The Birth Survey with Jenne Alderks. Please copy the link and send it on to anyone you think might be interested in learning about The Birth Survey via the convenience of technology!

Thanks again for your time, Jenne!

Posted by Tristin McLaren on April 21, 2010 at 1:58pm


Monthly Ambassador Support Calls

Join our quarterly support calls. Come connect with other ambassadors. Share challenges, successes, strategies and support. Talk about what's working and what's not in your efforts to market The Birth Survey or obtain the official facility level stats. Get your questions answered by project leadership.

In order to accommodate the varying schedules of our volunteeers, we will now be holding our teleconference on a quarterly basis. There will no longer be monthly meetings. The dates for our upcoming teleconferences are listed below.

Conference Dial-in Number:
(218) 339-4600
Participant Access Code: 408936#

February Support Call
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Time: 9:00-10:00 pm Eastern

July Support Call
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2011
Time: 9:00-10:00 pm Eastern

October 6 Support Call
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2011
Time: 9:00-10:00 pm Eastern

Upcoming Webinar Trainings

The following Transparency in Maternity Care Project: The Birth Survey Ambassador Training Webinars are planned for Fall 2010.

Click on the links below to register for a webinar training.

The GACSTAT Ambassador Training will provide information on how you can help make official facility level maternity care data available to the public. The training will explain the data we are looking to make public, and how to go about obtaining this data from state departments of health. (Note prior to June 2009 this training was a two part training. If you have previously taken Part 1 or Part 2 please register for this single training to complete your training series.) If you want to help “get the word out” about the project in your community, you only need to take a stand alone “Marketing” training below. This training will help explain the project and help you learn about how to market The Birth Survey in your community.

We currently only have one Marketing Training planned for this Fall. We are looking for a new trainer to present these marketing trainings. Please contact if you are interested in serving as a webinar trainer for The Birth Survey.

Get The Word Out About The Birth Survey: GAC Marketing Training:

September 14, 2010 9:00PM ET

GACSTAT Transparency Project Ambassador Training:
Demystifying and Collecting the Data:

Mon, Aug 23, 2010 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM EDT


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Latest Activity

Jackie posted blog posts
Apr 7
Jackie is now a member of CIMS GAC Ambassadors
Apr 2
Shannon Lawton-O'Boyle is now a member of CIMS GAC Ambassadors
Sep 10, 2012
Linda Mullin Welch replied to Nasima Pfaffl's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"an awesome midwife is in Boulder named teresa robertson her site is tell her linda said howdy"
Aug 17, 2011
Linda Mullin Welch posted a status
"teaching infant massage at the Breastfeeding cafe in Utica Ny Wed from 12-2pm"
Aug 17, 2011
Linda Mullin Welch and Faith Terry are now friends
Aug 17, 2011
Faith Terry left a comment for Linda Mullin Welch
"Hi Linda, I live in Syracuse area and am the contact person for this area for CIMS/GAC.  Glad you are part of the group.  I look forward to sharing with you and talking about what we are doing in Central New York and CIMS!Please feel free…"
Aug 16, 2011
Gwendolyn Cameron left a comment for Claudine P Calligan, FNP-c, CNM
"As the co-chair of the Grassroots Advocacy Committee and Regional Coordinator for volunteers in the inland West, I want to welcome you to CIMS!  One of us will be contacting you shortly to discuss volunteer activities that may interest…"
Jul 14, 2011
Claudine P Calligan, FNP-c, CNM is now a member of CIMS GAC Ambassadors
Jul 14, 2011
Gwendolyn Cameron left a comment for Linda Mullin Welch
"Welcome aboard, Linda!  I'm looking forward to working with you.  :-)"
Jul 8, 2011
Linda Mullin Welch updated their profile photo
Jul 7, 2011
Linda Mullin Welch updated their profile
Jul 7, 2011
Linda Mullin Welch commented on Nasima Pfaffl's group New York
"hello all  i consider myself a birth passionist and have been using this self made term because I am so passionate about birth and all that goes with it.  I have had great mentors..Dr Annette Pfanasteil from Syracuse NY, Suzanne Arms, my…"
Jul 7, 2011
Linda Mullin Welch joined Nasima Pfaffl's group

New York

TBS New York Ambassadors
Jul 7, 2011
Jenneology left a comment for Linda Mullin Welch
"Welcome to the CIMS GAC Grapevine!Please be sure toA. Join your state group.B. Introduce yourself both on your state group page and on the Discussion thread.C. Check out the “How to Get Started” discussion for information on next steps…"
Jul 7, 2011
Linda Mullin Welch is now a member of CIMS GAC Ambassadors
Jul 7, 2011


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