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Introducing the Texas Intermittent Auscultation Collaborative


We are a joint project by Texas Perinatal Services, Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement, and Primary Maternity Care focusing on increasing the safe use of intermittent auscultation (IA). 

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About the Texas Intermittent Auscultation Collaborative

Most people desire a freedom of movement while giving birth. The Texas Intermittent Auscultation Collaborative (TIAC) is a learning collaborative with the specific focus on the safe use of intermittent auscultation (IA) to provide that freedom of movement.


In Texas, cesarean rates and maternal mortality rates are high. TIAC's planning project brings together experts and peers from hospitals and birth centers in rural and urban areas of Texas to learn how to best utilize IA with standardized and quality methods that could improve these rates.

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How to Partner With TIAC


Click on the video to the left to watch our Information Session which explains more about the collaborative, the use of IA and why it is important in Texas, and how your hospital or birth center can partner with us in this learning project.

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Why IA Matters for Texas


Intermittent Auscultation (IA) can provide benefits to potentially reduce the high maternal mortality and cesarean rates in Texas. In February, the state experienced widespread power outages during the winter storm. IA can provide a low-tech, back-up during a power outage or other emergencies. Additionally, it can expand and strengthen the collaboration between hospitals and birth centers. Texas has an opportunity to not only improve outcomes for pregnant mothers, but to serve as a model for other states across the country.

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An Ideal Partner for TIAC


TIAC is looking for hospitals and birth centers in rural and urban areas of Texas. If your facility has a strong interest in cesarean prevention, strengthening IA practices, or increasing the choice for physiologic birth, please take a few moments to fill out our survey below.


Once the survey is completed, a TIAC representative will be in touch regarding your participation in the planning phase and project implementation.

The Texas Intermittent Auscultation Collaborative (TIAC) is a learning collaborative for hospitals and birth centers in Texas. TIAC is funded by the Yellow Chair Foundation.