Building Trustworthy Systems for Childbirth

For decades experts have focused narrowly on the challenge of making sure childbirth is safe. Yet we know that most pregnant women and their families have goals other than emerging from the process unscathed. Survival is the floor of what we deserve. If we’re working towards a better system we should be aiming for the ceiling: care that is not only safe but also supportive and empowering. This talk will discuss the role of medical professionals in designing systems that ensure every person can choose to grow their family with dignity.

About our speaker

Neel Shah, MD

Assistant Professor Harvard University, USA

Dr. Neel Shah is an American physician, an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard’s Ariadne Labs. He is listed among the “40 smartest people in health care” by the Becker’s Hospital Review, and has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN and Washington Post, among others.

He is the founder of two nonprofit organizations Costs of Care – dedicated to providing better healthcare at lower costs and March for Moms – to advance Federal legislation that ensures people can grow their families with dignity.

Shah also created the Teaching Value Project, aimed at educating doctors about how their decisions impact what patients pay for care.