Steve Calvin M.D. on pregnancy care, health care reform, and innovation

Our BirthBundle® payment proposal

It has been a long while since I posted anything here.  We have been busy putting together a proposal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) encouraging them to pay for perinatal care as a single payment for the 70% of mothers who are low-risk.  Our BirthBundle® proposal is open for public comments for another two weeks.  A group of experts will be assessing our proposal and reaching a decision by the end of the year.  If you have time please read it and comment.  The link is at:


At the Minnesota Health Action Group Meeting

The Minnesota Health Action Group (MNHAG) brings together employers, payers and providers to find innovative patient-focused solutions to the many problems in our current healthcare system. A couple of years ago Carolyn Pare, MNHAG Executive … [Continue reading]

A short video that is well worth watching

Neel Shah is a very smart young OB/GYN who really understands the issues.  Take a look at this video: Neel and his colleagues at … [Continue reading]

Collaboration on the Maternity Care Team

The increasing success of the Minnesota Birth Center (MBC) is directly dependent on excellent professional collaboration.  This April, just three years after starting in Minneapolis, we opened our new St. Paul site.  Check it out at … [Continue reading]

The discomfort of birth is no laughing matter.

My wife Cindy describes the discomfort of labor as "pain with a purpose".    Dealing with that pain is one of the biggest challenges that mothers face at the end of pregnancy.  Many mothers think that the only pain management options are the two … [Continue reading]