This year has been busy for ACNM in the area of quality improvement (QI) initiatives. This year, we have had more members than ever before submitting data to the Benchmarking Project, we have fully participated in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) project in the Council on Patient Safety in Women?s Health Care, and have successfully engaged 17 hospitals (5 new, 12 continuing) from across the country in the second year of the Reducing Primary Cesareans (RPC) learning collaborative. Hospitals participating last year reduced their NTSV rates by as much as 18%. We are excited to recruit hospitals for a third RPC learning collaborative for 2018.
The RPC is part of the ACNM Healthy Birth Initiative? (HBI). The Healthy Birth InitiativeTM (HBI) is a long-term Initiative led by ACNM with representatives from leading maternity care organizations. HBI focuses on preserving normalcy by promoting evidence-based practices that promote healthy physiologic birth. The Healthy Birth InitiativeTM works to encourage a consistent approach to birth practices and is focused on reducing practices that are not evidence based.
As you may know, the most common reasons for cesareans in low-risk women are related to dysfunctional labor and ?non-reassuring? fetal heart rate tracings. These issues account for about 60% of first cesareans in this population. The Healthy Birth Initiative created 3 evidence-based ?change bundles? that are consistent with national evidence and practice. These are:
? Intermittent Auscultation
The participating hospital teams are supported to: choose one of these 3 bundles, gather data to measure their progress and benchmark against other hospitals, receive individualized coaching, and participate in webinars focused on implementing change, quality improvement tools, and physiologic birth.
The 2017 RPC project is partially funded by Transforming Birth Fund, which is part of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. is administering the funds and additional resources have been provided by ACNM.
We are interested in recruiting 12 hospitals for this 2018 learning collaborative.
Instructions and an applications checklist can be found at http://birthtools.org/RPC-Learning-Collaborative
Thank you for your time and support as ACNM strives to enhance the role of midwives as leaders in improving the care to mothers and babies in the U.S.
Lisa Kane Low
Timeline for Applications to Reducing Primary Cesareans Collaborative - 2018
Application period opens
May 15, 2017
Application period closes
July 21, 2017
Notification to accepted hospital teams from ACNM
First week of September 2017
SAVE THE DATE for Kickoff meeting in Portland, OR at Midwifery Works
October 25, 2017
An informational webinar will be held on:
June 5, 2017, 9-10 a.m. Pacific/12-1 Eastern Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2045154681295663618