"Team Birth" to improve the safety and emotional experience of childbirth around the world, with Dr. Neel Shah.

Aug 19, 2021

Neel Shah launches new global maternity concept with the financial support of Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Portman and Reese Witherspoon!

Last spring, Harvard obstetrician Neel Shah joined Maria & Kristina on Own Your Birth to tell us about his concept Team Birth.

Team Birth centres the birthing woman and ensures that she is an active participant in all aspects of her care. This leads to safer and more empowering births.

In the webinar, which was broadcast live on 10 June, Neel Shah also told us about his new virtual maternity clinic Maven, that is now being launched globally with a budget of over $200 m. The focus is on preventing systemic racism and obstetric violence by matching pregnant women with the right caregivers in a new care model that ensures that the best care reaches those that need it the most.

As a subscriber you can watch the recorded webinar with Neel Shah on ownyourbirth.se whenever it suits you. You heard it first on Own Your Birth!


"Dr. Neel Shah MD, MPP, FACOG, is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School (part-time), and Chief Medical Officer of Maven Clinic, the largest virtual clinic for women's and family health.

As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Shah cares for patients at critical life moments that range from childbirth to primary care to surgery.

As a scientist and social entrepreneur, he is a globally recognized expert in designing solutions that improve health care, and is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review. His work to build equitable, trustworthy systems of care has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, and other outlets, and is featured in a forthcoming documentary produced by Oprah Winfrey and Yance Ford. He is written more than 50 peer-reviewed academic papers and contributed to four books, including as senior author of Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill), which Don Berwick has called "an instant classic" and Atul Gawande called "a masterful primer for all clinicians."

Own Your Birth is a source of information and inspiration for parents-to-be as well as for doulas, midwives, nurses, students, doctors and anyone else interested in changing the way we look at birth. 

Owning your birth means taking responsibility for your body, birth and baby by educating yourself, and making conscious choices about birth and parenthood.

It's about taking back your power and giving birth actively, on your own terms - as opposed to being "delivered". 

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