Maternal and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality & COVID

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of researchers began to work on closing the knowledge gap related to the association of COVID-19 and subsequent outcomes in pregnant birthing persons, in comparison to non-infected pregnant individuals. The INTERCOVID Multinational Cohort Study, published by JAMA Pediatrics in April 2021, revealed that pregnant birthing persons who were positive for … Continue reading “Maternal and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality & COVID”

Moving the Needle: Improving Maternal Outcomes in Louisiana 

In August 2018, the LaPQC launched the Reducing Maternal Morbidity Initiative (RMMI), also known as the Safe Births Initiative. It sought to address preventable maternal mortality and morbidity related to hemorrhage and hypertension, while also focusing on reducing racial disparities in these maternal outcomes. Specifically, the RMMI sought to 1) reduce Severe Maternal Morbidity (SMM) by … Continue reading “Moving the Needle: Improving Maternal Outcomes in Louisiana “

Recent Gift Designations

Congratulations to Abbeville General Hospital, which was awarded The Gift Shining Star initial designation and Jennings American Legion Hospital, which was awarded The Gift initial designation. Abbeville General Hospital is located 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge and delivers approximately 200 babies per year. Lydia Bobo, RNC-OB, Labor & Delivery/Nursery Manager shared some insights, “Historically, new … Continue reading “Recent Gift Designations”

Donor Human Milk in Louisiana

When a newborn baby does not have access to a parent’s breastmilk, pasteurized donor human milk is the next best option according to major medical organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO). Although some nutrients are lost in the pasteurization process, donor milk is still more beneficial than formula.  To support the use of donor … Continue reading “Donor Human Milk in Louisiana”

Postpartum Hemorrhage Management – North Caddo Medical Center’s QI Approach

Evidence-based practices such as the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health’s Patient Safety Bundles, focused on Obstetric Hemorrhage, are key to improving maternal health outcomes. As part of the LaPQC Safe Births Initiative, North Caddo Medical Center saw impressive results from their improvement work during a recent obstetric event. Malana Jester, Nurse Manager of Labor … Continue reading “Postpartum Hemorrhage Management – North Caddo Medical Center’s QI Approach”