Our Leading Change series profiles leaders in efforts to transform maternity care. This month we bring readers an interview with Christine Morton, PhD, a medical sociologist at the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Christine and I discuss the rising rate of maternal mortality, how standardizing care for obstetric hemorrhage can help, the need for better data collection and reporting, and how state quality collaboratives can lead change. Thanks Christine for taking the time to answer these questions, and thanks everyone at CMQCC for your work to transform maternity care!
Last month, we announced a major new partnership with the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. The Shared Decision Making Maternity Initiative will bring high-quality, field-tested, evidence-based decision aids to all women considering their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care options. Shared decision making (SDM) is a new concept for many in the maternity care world, and maternity decision making is a new area for the SDM community, so we decided to dig a little deeper into the issues with the Foundation’s Director of Policy and Outreach, Lyn Paget, MPH. Many thanks to Lyn for being the TMC Blog’s first interview subject. We talked about why the time is right for maternity care SDM, what SDM looks like in action, and why any SDM strategy must address and overcome system barriers.