April 2023 Newsletter

Maternal Mortality Rates Continue to Increase

In March 2023, the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics released 2021 maternal mortality data showing increased maternal mortality rates and persisting disparities. Maternal mortality rates have increased by 89% since 2018, with a 38% increase from 2020 to 2021. Non-Hispanic Black birthing people endure rates 2.6 times higher than their White peers, thus the necessity for a Black Maternal Health Week to call attention to these inequities and demand change. Nearly 80% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable.  Read the full report here


Benchmark your Cesarean Delivery Metrics

Results for 2022 show an increase in the percent of NTSV (nulliparous, term, singleton, vertex) cesarean deliveries in Nebraska. This is the same metric used by the Joint Commission's Perinatal Core Measure #2. Overall, the state rate increased to 23.4% (21.1%). The Healthy People 2030 target for this objective is 23.6%.

                                   *94% of birthing hospitals reporting

Benchmark your Breastfeeding Metrics

Compare your hospital performance on these important metrics to the state results. If you are interested in improving your performance, participate in the NPQIC Breastfeeding Improvement Initiative web meetings. Exclusivity is important as it is highly correlated with the duration of breastfeeding. Healthy People 2030 targets increasing exclusive breastfeeding through 6 months of age to 42.4%. The most recent data for this objective is 24.9%.  Hospitals can impact the achievement of this target by supporting exclusive breastfeeding and providing breastfeeding support. 

2023 NPQIC Annual Summit 

 Black Maternal Health Week April 11th-17th

Black Maternal Health Week is an annual week of awareness, activism, and community-building aimed at amplifying the voices of Black Mamas, and centering the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements.

Local reproductive justice organization (and NPQIC partner) I Be Black Girl is hosting several events to mark Black Maternal Health Week, including a webinar for healthcare providers to present their research findings on the reproductive experiences of Black women, femmes, and girls in Nebraska. Register to attend here: Ain't I a Woman

Additional events hosted by IBBG include:

Black maternal health and advocacy webinar with IBBG's Policy and Advocacy Manager, Nyomi Thompson.

FREE showing of the documentary Birthing Justice on Saturday, April 15 at the Benson Theater. The feature-length film highlights the disparities Black birthing people and their babies face in healthcare spaces. IBBG will host a panel with board and community members directly following the film. Reserve your tickets here!

Finally, IBBG is hosting a community baby shower. They are still seeking sponsors for the event, which will shower 80 local moms-to-be. Contact if you are interested in supporting IBBG's efforts toward Black maternal health.

Reorder Your Count the Kicks Brochures

It's time to check your inventory and reorder brochures for the pregnant mothers you care for. Prevent stillbirths by talking with your patients about fetal movements and counting kicks.

Count the Kicks materials are free to Nebraska organizations courtesy of NPQIC and funding from the State.

2023 NNAPA: What's New in the NICU Conference

NE Tele-Lactation Services

Mothers throughout the state have access to tele-lactation consultation from various organizations. For more information, click on links below:

Education by our Partners

Tufts School of Medicine Center for Black Maternal Health and Reproductive Justice
Black Maternal Health Conference 

"Centering the Role of Nurses and Midwives in Addressing Black Maternal Health Disparities"
Friday, April 7, 2023, 8:30am-4:15pm (virtual)
FREE, CME's available

Olson Center for Women's Health Brown Bag Lunch Series
Comprehensive Approach to Bone Health
Laura Bilek, PT, PhD, UNMC College of Allied Health Professions
Lynn Mack, MD, UNMC Dept of Internal Medicine

Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 12-1 pm

  • Register by emailing the Olson Women's Health Resource Center at, calling the Olson Center at 402-559-6345, or click HERE to register on Engage. 
Nebraska Neonatal Advanced Practice Association 2023 What's New in the NICU Conference 
August 23-24th, 2023
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland, NE

2023 Nebraska AWHONN Conference
Friday, October 27th, 2023
Scott Conference Center, Omaha, NE

Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education (IABLE)
Check the events calendar for events.

Bryan Health Perinatal Education Opportunities:
Check the website for class details.
- S.T.A.B.L.E.
- Perinatal Bereavement

CHI Health Perinatal Outreach
Check the website for dates of classes
- S.T.A.B.L.E.
- Emergent Delivery Course

Methodist Women's
Methodist Women's Hospital Outreach Program

Nebraska Methodist College
Check the website for dates of classes
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