Second TeamBirth cohort to launch week of April 22

April 9, 2024

The second cohort of hospitals participating in TeamBirth will launch the program the week of April 22. TeamBirth provides a simple framework for communication that centers the patient in their care, promoting autonomy and shared decision making, no matter what team comes together. WSHA and Ariadne Labs have partnered to implement TeamBirth.

TeamBirth improves care by ensuring people giving birth and the clinicians caring for them have shared input and understanding during the delivery of care. The program calls for team huddles at key decision points throughout the hospital stay with the information discussed anchored on a white board present in all patient rooms. Huddles happen on admission to the hospital, with any changes to the patient or child’s condition, when decisions are made surrounding delivery and anytime the patient or a team member requests a huddle.

The huddle aspect of TeamBirth ensures that everyone involved in the birthing process is on the same page and that decisions are made transparently. The person giving birth – alongside any caregivers who are not part of hospital staff (doulas, spouses, parents of the expecting person, etc.) – convene with the labor and delivery staff to go over a birthing plan and any desires or expectations of the person giving birth. This ensures shared decision making between the new parent and hospital staff in case of any unexpected changes to the delivery plan.

The seven hospitals participating in cohort two are:

  • Skagit Valley Hospital
  • Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital
  • Lake Chelan Community Hospital and Clinics
  • Pullman Regional Health
  • UW Medical Center
  • UW Valley Medical Center
  • Forks Community Hospital

We are excited to continue the rollout of TeamBirth to these hospitals as we work to implement the program in 100% of our state’s birthing hospitals.

Many hospitals have already agreed to take part in cohort three. Those hospitals include:

  • MultiCare Capital Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth St John Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
  • St. Anne Hospital
  • Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
  • St. Michael Medical Center
  • Providence St. Mary Medical Center
  • WhidbeyHealth
  • Multicare Deaconess Hospital
  • Multicare Valley Hospitla
  • Astria Health
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center

Giving birth is such a special moment of life, and this program creates clear avenues of communications to keep everyone on the same page, and to keep the expecting parent an active participant in their health care.


Jenica Sandall
WSHA Director, Safety & Quality


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