Exploring State-Level Strategies to Improve Maternal Health and Birth Outcomes
This initiative will develop four case studies on the successes and barriers of individual state efforts to address preterm births. This work is part of a larger initiative to gain insights and perspective on how maternal health and well-being can help support optimum child health outcomes.
October 2018 to April 2020
- Who: The case studies will be developed in partnership with four states that participated with NICHQ on the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN) in 2013-2017.
- Funder: The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- Our Role: Through site visits and interviews, NICHQ will study four states whose preterm birth rates, and associated disparities, improved or persisted during the Infant Mortality CoIIN. By examining what led to these different results, NICHQ will develop four comprehensive case studies that explore and document systems and infrastructure that promote or hinder improvements in preterm births.
A Call to Keep More Moms and Babies Safe
Preeclampsia, a dangerous disorder where a mother’s blood pressure spikes during pregnancy, is one of the leading causes of maternal and infant illness and death. Here, a mother who lost her baby daughter shares a plea for improvement.
Millions of Invisible Children
Over 13 million children live in rural areas and of those 13 million, more than a quarter live in poverty. Here, NICHQ Chief Health Officer Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPH, expands on the urgent need to understand and respond to the disparities in health outcomes for this population of children.
Bringing Breastfeeding Support to More Mothers and Caregivers
In an increasingly digital age, telelactation support is a powerful opportunity to increase breastfeeding rates among amothers who can't access classes. In addition to over the phone, lactation consultants and counselors can support moms through video chats like Skype, via text message or in online communities.
A Mother-Centered Approach to Treating Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
A mother-centered approach to caring for NAS may reduce the need for drug treatment and length of hospital stays. Here, Matthew Grossman, MD, one of the authors of the approach, expands on its benefits for improving infant health outcomes.
A Better Approach to Conversations about Breastfeeding
Without hearing directly from mothers, health professionals can’t provide meaningful education and support that speaks to each mother’s individual views and experiences. This is one reason why improving conversations with breastfeeding mothers can help increase breastfeeding rates. Here, two experts offer advice on how put a better conversational approach into action.
The Top Stories of 2018
With 2018 drawing to a close, we’re taking stock of the stories you found most engaging over the past year. From the opioid epidemic to mandated reporting to bedsharing and safe sleep, this year’s top stories tackle tough issues and are filled with passionate voices seeking to driving change in children’s health systems.