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Published on Mar 18, 2013
Dr. Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH is the Associate Administrator of Maternal and Child Health at the Health Resources and Services Administration (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). He created this video for the 2013 CIMS Forum, which was held March 1-2 in Kansas City, MO. The theme of the CIMS Forum was "Health Disparities in Maternity Care; Using Mother-Friendly and Baby-Friendly to Build Health Equity".
In the video, Dr. Lu acknowledged that the CIMS' Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) is an important tool that contributes to quality improvement in maternity care. He said, "You've been the champions of quality and safety for maternity services in our nation."
Dr. Lu also stated his support of the philosophical principles of the MFCI: "...no woman should be subjected to unnecessary interventions and... every woman should be cared for in a system that respects her autonomy and upholds the principles of Empowerment, Do No Harm, and Responsibility and be given the choice of Mother-Friendly maternity services that you all champion...I applaud the leadership you've shown in promoting health equity over the years and want to commend you for confronting the theme of your Forum (Health Disparities in Maternity Care) this year."
Dr. Lu recognized CIMS' efforts over the last seventeen years, "You remind me of what Dr. (Martin Luther) King said about human progress. He said, ' ...human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable...Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concerns of dedicated individuals' like yourselves."
The Leadership Team of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services would like to thank Dr. Lu for creating this video for our Forum and for being a tireless advocate for women and their families Please share this video far and wide.