Perinatal Quality Collaboratives
State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) are networks of perinatal care providers and public health professionals working to improve pregnancy outcomes for women and newborns by advancing evidence-based clinical practices and processes. PQCs include hospitals, pediatricians and neonatologists, obstetricians and perinatologists, midwives, nurses, and state health department staff.
PQC members identify care processes that need to be improved and use the best available methods to make changes and improve outcomes. State PQCs include key leaders in private, public, and academic health care settings with expertise in evidence-based obstetric and neonatal care and quality improvement.
In September 2014, CDC awarded six states for the State-Based PQCs Cooperative Agreement (California, New York, Ohio, Illinois*, Massachusetts*, and North Carolina*). Funding will enhance the capabilities of PQCs to improve the quality of perinatal care in their states, including efforts to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, reduce scheduled births without a medical indication, improve breastfeeding rates, and reduce hospital-acquired neonatal infections and neonatal morbidity.*New states.
The New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative and California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative success stories detail the perinatal quality improvement work supported by CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health.
- The New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) Success Story [PDF - 364KB] outlines NYSPQC’s steps, strategies, and lessons learned in reducing scheduled cesarean sections (C-sections) and inductions without a medical indication from 36 up to 39 weeks of pregnancy.
- The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CQMCC) Success Story [PDF – 324 KB] discusses CMQCC’s partnerships, accomplishments, and lessons learned in building a data center, which helped hospitals to reduce severe maternal morbidity.
The Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC) recently launched its Every Week Matters campaign. This initiative aims to reduce the rate of preterm births by increasing the screening, identification, and treatment of pregnant women at risk for preterm birth who would benefit from progesterone. To learn more, visit OPQC’s newly revised patient webpage.
In partnership with CDC-funded collaboratives, the Division of Reproductive Health hosts regular Webinars that allow PQCs to share strategies related to their development as well as specific perinatal quality improvement initiatives. These Webinars are available to participants in all states. To receive updates about future Webinars, sign up for e-mail updates by entering your information on the upper-right side of this page, under "Get e-mail updates". Recordings of previous Webinars are archived and available for viewing.
As of May 2014, you may receive free continuing education for watching the CDC - Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Webinars. All continuing education is issued online through the CDC/ATSDR Training & Continuing Education Online system. For more information on continuing education for the Webinar series, visit PQC Webinars.
Henderson ZT, Suchdev DB, Abe K, Johnston EO, Callaghan WM. Perinatal quality collaboratives: improving care for mothers and infants. J Womens Health. 2014;23(5):368-372.
Dr. Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, Director of CDC's Division of Reproductive Health, highlights the CDC PQC project in this video about the need to keep the rate of cesarean section going in the right direction. View video.
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