Register now for “Every Mother Counts” collaborative on improving maternal mortality and morbidity

Posted on: 4/1/15


The Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative is launching a new statewide collaborative called Every Mother Counts. Building on the success of Every Week Counts, this collaborative’s goal is to reduce severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality among Oklahoma women. Oklahoma has higher than the national average maternal mortality rates. Obstetrical hemorrhage and hypertensive events are the number one and two reasons for preventable maternal deaths. Hospital teams joining this collaborative will commit to implementing safety bundles to improve the readiness, recognition, response and reporting for obstetric hemorrhage and severe hypertension.

The collaborative is free and even offers a financial stipend to hospitals that meet certain participation and implementation goals. Birthing hospitals can send a team of three to six members, depending on hospital size, from the maternity service. 

The first Every Mother Counts learning session will be held in Oklahoma City on Friday, April 24. The featured speaker is William Callaghan, MD, MPH, from the CDC. Dr. Callaghan is the chief of the maternal and infant health branch and has authored many recent publications on severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality. We will also hear from Eleni Tsigas, executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation, a patient who suffered from severe preeclampsia.

At this time, there is much national focus on improving maternal mortality and morbidity. It is the collaborative’s goal that all 55 birthing hospitals join in on this very important topic for Oklahoma families. 

For registration and more information, click here . If you have questions, contact Barbara O’Brien at (405) 271-7777. (LaWanna Halstead)

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