Posts tagged with 'maternal mortality'

From the TMC blog: It’s Been 95 Years, Baby!: A Closer Look at Our First Decade

Childbirth Connection is celebrating our 95th birthday this year by featuring one decade of our work each month on the TMC Blog. This month we will feature our first decade – 1918-1927.

Childbirth Connection was founded in New York City as the Maternity Center Association (MCA) in 1918 to implement recommendations from a report on the poor health of women and infants around the time of birth. At the time there were no standards for maternity care, many women lacked access, and infant and maternal mortality rates were high.

By 1920, MCA had established 30 centers and substations throughout the city to ensure universal access to prenatal care and to teach the community about the value of such care. The nurses at the centers helped select the women needing hospital care and refer them to hospitals, and helped the women planning to give birth at home to make arrangements for adequate care. To coordinate this work, MCA created a standard record and a central clearinghouse for all maternity records “to prevent duplication in the maternity work throughout the bureau and to assign to the various agencies those patients reported to the clearing house as in need of prenatal supervision.”

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Filed in 95 Years, Blog on Fri., Mar 1, 2013

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From the Field: The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, originated by midwife Ina May Gaskin, is a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates, as well as to the gross underreporting of maternal deaths in the United States. The Quilt honors American mothers who have died of pregnancy or childbirth related causes since 1982, the last year there was a reduction in maternal mortality.

The goal of the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project is to demand an equivalent system of counting, analyzing, and learning from mistakes made in our maternity care system here, regardless of where babies are born or what caregiver is the birth attendant. Until we do that, doctors, midwives, and nurses in the US will continue to work without a good system of feedback about what is and is not dangerous in maternity care, and preventable maternal deaths will continue to take place.

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Filed in Clinical audit, case review, or analysis of adverse events, Clinical controversies, Community education/outreach, Consumer advocacy or political action, Disparities, Educational materials for health professionals, Health information technology, Improved liability system, Performance measurement, Performance measurement/reporting, Stories from the Field, Team building on Mon., Sep 12, 2011

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From the Field: Patient Safety and Patient & Family-Centered Care

NH Patient Voices’s mission is education and advocacy for safe, quality, compassionate healthcare that puts patients & their families at the center of care in both policy and practice. Since 2005, we’ve worked tirelessly to bring the collective voice of patients to healthcare providers, administrators, legislators, public policy, and public health leaders.

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Filed in Clinical practice guideline/policy change, Community education/outreach, Consumer advocacy or political action, Decision making and choice, Educational materials for health professionals, Nursing/medical/midwifery curriculum change, Performance measurement, Performance measurement/reporting, Shared decision making, Stories from the Field on Wed., Jul 20, 2011

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Federal Legislative Action: Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011

New legislation introduced in the US House of Representatives would provide grant funding for states to establish Maternal Mortality Review Committees to examine pregnancy-related deaths and to identify ways to reduce maternal mortality. HR 894, the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011, would also help to eliminate disparities in health care, risks and outcomes.

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Filed in Clinical audit, case review, or analysis of adverse events, Disparities, Federal Legislation, Performance measurement, Performance measurement/reporting on Mon., Apr 4, 2011

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