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Perinatal Quality Collaboratives

About 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.

Many states currently have active collaboratives, and others are in development.

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 Wyoming

CDC is currently providing support for state-based PQCs in the following states: 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 in the box on this page entitled, “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

NIH’s New Educational Initiatives in Maternal and Child Health: “Full-Term” Pregnancy and Perinatal Mental Health
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern Time
Triesta Fowler- Lee, M.D.
Medical Officer
Coordinator of the National Child and Maternal Health Education Program (NCMHEP)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health

Dr. Triesta Fowler-Lee will provide an overview of two recently launched initiatives around the new definition of term pregnancy and perinatal mental health. Following the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Committee Opinion in 2013 redefining term pregnancy, NCMHEP developed the Know Your Terms initiative to educate women, families, and health care providers nationally about the new gestational age designations, including that “full term” is now defined as 39 weeks through 40 weeks and 6 days. This initiative is an extension of NCMHEP’s program about the importance of waiting until at least 39 weeks gestation to deliver in a healthy pregnancy. The second initiative on perinatal mental health is aimed at reaching expectant and new mothers, their families, and health care providers with information about depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy. Dr. Fowler-Lee will provide information on these initiatives, the free educational materials available from NCMHEP, and the continuing education activities for health care providers. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the Know Your Terms initiative increases awareness among patients and health care providers about the new gestational age designations.
  • Describe how NCMHEP’s mental health initiative addresses depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy.
  • Identify the free educational resources available to Perinatal Quality Collaboratives.
Register for this event. All the information you need to join the meeting is sent by email upon registration. This session is available for Continuing Education. Click here [PDF-143KB] for more information.

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Learn More About PQCs

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CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. The November 2015 session, Public Health Strategies to Prevent Preterm Birth, discusses how concerted efforts to improve surveillance data, better medical care and prevention, and stronger public health partnerships, can accelerate progress in reducing preterm births and improving neonatal outcomes. View the archived presentation and Beyond the Data video.

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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.


The following article discusses CDC-supported perinatal quality improvement activities in California, New York, and Ohio. You may view the abstract for this article using the U.S. National Library of Medicine's PubMed service. Reference: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.

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