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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 through continuous quality improvement. 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.

United States map. States with Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) and CDC/Division of Reproductive Health funding include California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. States with PQCs include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. States with unknown PQC status include Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, and WyomingMany states currently have active collaboratives, and others are in development.

CDC currently funds 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.

Success Stories

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.

PQC Webinar Series

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.

Next Webinar

Selecting, Orienting and Engaging Patient and Family Advisors 
Thursday, August 27, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern Time
Tara Bristol, MA

Director of Patient and Family Partnerships
Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina
Division of Neonatal – Perinatal Medicine
University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC

This Webcast will present a discussion of quality improvement initiatives addressing selecting, orienting and engaging patient and family advisors. This is part three in a three-part series on patient and family engagement. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify processes and resources for recruiting and selecting patient and family advisors
  • Describe best practices for preparing and orienting new patient and family advisors
  • Discuss opportunities for patient and family engagement at the organizational level 

Register for this event. 
All of the information you need to join the meeting is sent by email upon registration.

This session is available for Continuing Education. Click here for more information - [PDF - 148KB].


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.

CDC Expert Commentary on Medscape: Reducing the C-section Rate image of video still, CDC Expert Commentary on Medscape: Reducing the C-section Rate

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.