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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. 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.

PQCs address a range of perinatal health issues including elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation, antenatal steroid use, and hospital-acquired neonatal infections. Many states currently have active collaboratives and others are in development.


PQC Webinar Series

CDC funds statewide PQCs in California, New York, and Ohio and worked with these networks to sponsor a series of Webinars from October 2012 through August 2013. These Webinars were intended to help PQCs share knowledge and experiences, and teach other states how to start, maintain, and grow their own collaboratives.

Due to an overwhelming response, a second series of Webinars will be held every two months in 2013–2014, focusing on specific perinatal quality improvement initiatives. Webinars are available to participants in all states. The dates and topics of upcoming Webinars are listed below. To receive updates about future Webinars, sign up for email updates by entering your information on the upper-right side of this page, under “Get e-mail updates."  


Next Webinar

Obstetric Hemorrhage
Thursday May 22, 2014 1pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN
Vice President of Research, Education, and Publications
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

Judette Louis, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, College of Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology
Assistant Professor, College of Public Health Community & Family Health
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of South Florida

This Webcast will present a discussion of obstetric hemorrhage, including quality improvement projects to improve response to and management of obstetric hemorrhage. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

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

  • Describe the impact of obstetric hemorrhage on maternal morbidity and mortality
  • Discuss strategies to improve the quality of care in response to obstetric hemorrhage.
  • Outline how quality improvement methods can be employed to support changes in practice.

To register for this event:
1. Go to the follow Web site:
2. Provide your information for the event leader and then click submit.
3. You will receive a passcode and PIN to access the audio portion of the webinar.*

              *This information will be required to ensure entry.

Webinar participation on the day of the event:

  • To join the Web portion, click on:
  • To join the audio portion, dial 1- 888-469-2183 (toll free).
    • Enter the passcode and PIN that you received in your registration confirmation.
    • If you did not register and do not have a PIN, enter the passcode 6488794 and hold for an operator. NOTE: there is a lengthy hold time, during which you will be asked for your PIN multiple times before being rerouted. You may still be able to join the Webinar, if space is available. 
  • Visit Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 system requirements to review the system requirements for Live Meeting Web Access

Learn more to receive continuing education credits.


Future Webinars

  • July 2014: Venous Thromboembolism in Pregnancy
  • September 2014: Quality Improvement Initiatives Addressing Breastfeeding and Human Milk


Review Archived Webinars 2012— to present



Continuing Education

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 1.5 contact hours.

CEU: The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.  The CDC is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 ANSI/IACET CEU's for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number GA0082.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias. 
Presentations will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use. CDC does not accept commercial support.

To receive continuing education (CE): After completing the content of the course, go to and register for course WC2399. You will be required to complete an evaluation and posttest in order to obtain the credit or contact hours. Thirty days from the initial session, the course number will change to WD2399.

Fees: There are no fees for CE. 

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