This project was contributed by the sponsoring organization/agency. If you have a project you would like to share, please fill out our online survey. Inclusion in the Transforming Maternity Care Directory does not imply endorsement by Childbirth Connection. See our guidelines.
Every Week Counts
Name of Organization, Agency, or Institution
OUHSC Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement
Primary Contact Name and Title
Barbara O’Brien, Program Director, OPQI
Project Aim and Goals
The goal is to eliminate elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks. All OB hospitals in Oklahoma have been invited to participate. Currently, 50 out of 60 have registered. This will include a process change for scheduling elective inductions or cesareans–they must be at least 39 weeks on the date they are scheduled to deliver. We will use the March of Dimes toolkit to aid in this process. Included will be policies, a scheduling form and data collection tools. Patient education and public awareness of the risks will be addressed by providing free patient education materials and by developing a PSA to be broadcast statewide.
Blueprint Area(s) Addressed
- Performance measurement and leveraging of results
- Clinical controversies
- Decision making and consumer choice
- Performance measurement/reporting
- Clinical practice guideline or policy change
- Community education/outreach
- Shared decision-making
- Educational materials for health professionals
Toolkits for Project Implementation or Replication
This project used the March of Dimes Toolkit, Elimination of Non-medically indicated (Elective) Deliveries Prior to 39 Weeks Gestational Age.
For More Information