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4/24/2023 4:09:37 PM General

Cape Cod Hospital Selected for TeamBirth Initiative to Promote Health Equity in the Childbirth Care Experience

The Family Birthplace at Cape Cod Hospital is proud to announce that it has been selected to take part in the TeamBirth initiative. TeamBirth ensures maternity patients and the clinical team caring for them at The Family Birthplace - including OB/GYNs, midwives, lactation consultants, nurses and pediatricians – have shared input and understanding into decisions during labor and delivery. Studies indicate that this shared input and collaboration has a positive impact on patient safety and outcomes, helping to reduce the number of Cesarean sections, which pose risks for newborns and mothers. Cape Cod Hospital was chosen to participate in this program along with nine other Massachusetts hospitals. The state perinatal collaborative of Massachusetts will be featuring this project as the gold model of labor and delivery care. The TeamBirth initiative was created by Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The program promotes communication and teamwork during huddles and is structured through a simple, shared whiteboard in the labor room aiming to

  • Promote the roles of the laboring patient, nurse, and delivering provider as members of the care team with equally valuable input for decision-making
  • Elicit the patient’s preferences, symptoms, and subjective experiences and integrate with clinical data to inform patient care plans
  • Distinguish maternal, fetal, and labor progress statuses and care plans
  • Set shared expectations for the next planned evaluation

“The emphasis on TeamBirth demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meeting the highest standards of care for mothers and their babies and reinforces our emphasis of seeking new, evidence-based practices to further improve our patient experience and outcomes,” said Dr. William Agel, Chief Medical Officer at Cape Cod Healthcare and an OB/GYN specialist. Learn more about this initiative at

About Cape Cod HealthcareCape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 550 physicians, nearly 5,000 employees and 500 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare is comprised of two acute care hospitals, the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA), six urgent care centers, a primary and specialty care network, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility, and numerous health services and programs. For more information, visit the Cape Cod Healthcare website at For the latest in relevant and credible healthcare news, visit

About Ariadne Labs
Ariadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. With a mission to save lives and reduce suffering, our vision is that health systems equitably deliver the best possible care for every patient, everywhere, every time. Ariadne Labs was founded in 2012 by Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, and Bill Berry, MD, MPA, MPH, as a first-of-its-kind joint center for health systems innovation.