WIHI: Momentum for Maternity of the Safest Kind

Date: April 8, 2010


  • Sue Gullo, RN, MS, Managing Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Maureen P. Corry, MPH, Executive Director, Childbirth Connection
  • Rima Jolivet, CNM, MSN, MPH, Associate Director of Programs, Childbirth Connection
  • Peter H. Cherouny, MD, The University of Vermont College of Medicine
Here’s how most of us are exposed to the state of health care for pregnant women, new mothers, and newborns: we hear about it in the news. And the issues are usually presented in an alarming and fragmented fashion: high rates of infant mortality and disparities across race and ethnicity; high-tech interventions for premature infants; a dramatic rise in caesarean or c-sections; induced delivery prior to 39 weeks. At the same time, Ob/Gyn complications remain unacceptably high, as do maternal deaths.

Here’s another picture to consider: an emerging coalition of maternity care leaders in the US armed with a Blueprint for Action and a “2020 Vision” that aims to transform maternal and newborn experience from one fraught with danger and risks to what it should be: a safe, healthy, celebratory start to childhood and parenting.

WIHI host Madge Kaplan welcomes Maureen Corry and Rima Jolivet from Childbirth Connection to explain the new energy they’ve ignited to ensure that good quality maternal health is reliably understood and practiced on a wide scale.

High-quality, safe, cost-effective maternity care is a growing part of IHI’s work globally – in Malawi and Ghana – and central to IHI’s work in the US. Sue Gullo and Peter Cherouny work with some 50 hospital teams in IHI’s Improving Perinatal Care Community to reduce harm and variation, and to improve patient-centered care and teamwork among all concerned. Sue Gullo talks about a new way of thinking, a “mind shift” that brings the needs of pregnant women, new moms, and infants into the foreground like never before.

Learn more about accelerating change and implementing processes to reduce misuse, overuse, and underuse of maternity care. Good things happen when experts unite around good care and good policies.
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