October 2022 Newsletter

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The opportunity to reduce perinatal mortality and morbidity exists in Nebraska, however, the systems in place are not always effective. There are times when obstetric care does not ensure pregnant women receive the risk-appropriate care that is specific to their health needs. Having an effective health care team can improve breastfeeding practices, management of perinatal mental health disorders, diagnose maternal early warning signs, and optimize care.
Physicians, advanced practice providers, and nurse leaders.
It is highly recommended that at least one provider and one nurse leader from each birthing facility attend.
Younes Conference Center South
416 W. Talmadge Street, Kearney, NE 68845


  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Impact on Maternal and Infant Health
  • Current Issues in Medical Malpractice
  • Prematurity Panel / Tobacco Cessation
  • Mental Health Breakout:
    • Perinatal Depression for Frontline Medical Providers
    • The Role of the Perinatal Care Team in Managing Maternal Mental Health
  • Hypertension / Modified Early Warning Score
  • Illicit and Prescription Drug Use and the Impact on Breastfeeding Practices
  • Overview of Culturally-Matched Doula Support and How To Incorporate Alternative Birth Workers Into the Care Team
Click here for event details. The deadline to register is November 2nd. 
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Join the NPQIC Team

NPQIC is looking to grow our staff! We are hiring a new Full-Time Project Coordinator to lead perinatal quality improvement initiatives. For more information or to apply, click here.

Maternal Immunization Patient Education Resources

The CDC and ACOG have developed web graphics, printable materials, and supplemental text to assist providers in communicating the importance of maternal immunizations during pregnancy. Information is available in both English and Spanish. 

To access these free resources click on the following links:

"Pregnant? Top 3 Reasons Why You Need the Flu Vaccine"

"Pregnant? Top 3 Reasons Why you Need the Tdap Vaccine"

Maternal Mental Health Month

Did you know that it's Maternal Mental Health Month? Maternal mental health disorders are the MOST COMMON obstetric complications and can be a devastating and preventable cause of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.

Who and When to Screen?
The ACOG and the AAP have provided the following universal screening recommendations.
  • Mothers
    • At least once prenatally
    • Comprehensive postpartum visit
    • By 1 month, 2, 4, 6-month well child visits
  • Fathers or Non-Delivering Partner
    • At least once in the first 6 months after birth of baby
  • Screening mothers during the birth hospitalization and NICU parents is highly encouraged

Effective, free, and validated screening tools exist to identify mothers and fathers at risk for perinatal depression. Treatment is available and can significantly improve outcomes for new mothers, babies and families in our state.  For more information on our NPQIC's Perinatal Depression Initiative contact Sydnie Carraher.

October is NE Black Maternal Health Month

Every October, I Be Black Girl powers Black Maternal Health Month in Nebraska as an opportunity to intentionally deep dive into learnings and solutions that change the birthing experience and outcomes of Black mothers and birthing people.

Featured activities include:
  • "The Business of Birth Control," October 16th
  • "Honor Our Worth. Honor Our Births", 2022 Black Birth Justice Summit, October 26-28th
    • This event kicks off with a virtual keynote from eleven-time Olympic medalist, seven-time Olympic champion and world record holder Allyson Felix on October 26, 2022. 
For more information on Nebraska Black Maternal Health Month and to register for events click here


Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

During October, which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we invite you to help us improve birth outcomes by telling expectant parents about Count the Kicks.

Expectant parents can get to know their baby’s normal movement pattern by having a daily kick counting session using the FREE #CountTheKicks app, which is available in 14 languages in the app store.

Through our partnership with Count the Kicks and the State of Nebraska, maternal health providers, birthing hospitals, social service agencies, childbirth educators and other providers in Nebraska can order FREE Count the Kicks educational materials to help them have a kick-counting conversation with expectant parents. Check your inventory and order here

NE Tele-Lactation Services

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

Education by our Partners

Nebraska Medicine: "The Food We Eat: Nutrition's Role in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship"
Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Dietitian Rebecca Beaudoin will cover how you can help prevent cancer by the foods you choose. 

  • Please pre-register by emailing the Olson Women’s Health Resource Center at, calling the Olson Center at 402.559.6345 or to click here to register on Engage. 
  • This lecture is free, however if you would like to obtain nursing credit, the cost is $10. Payment instructions will be given when you pre-register. Nursing credit can only be obtained for watching the live stream of the virtual presentation, not for viewing the recording after the event.
Children's Hospital and Medical Center Project ECHO: Newborn Care Series
Thursday 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19; 12-1 pm (CST) 
Live Online, Free
Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education (IABLE)
Check events calendar for events.

CHI Health Perinatal Outreach
Check website for dates of classes
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • Fetal Monitoring
  • ALSO
  • Emergent Delivery Course
Methodist Women's
Methodist Women's Hospital Outreach Program

Nebraska Methodist College
Check website for dates of classes

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