March 2023 Newsletter

ALIGN Nebraska Prenatal Care and Infant Mortality Policy Brief

In 2022, NPQIC joined with the Partnership for a Healthy Nebraska and other partners to identify strategies for improving perinatal and maternal health outcomes in Nebraska. The ALIGN Nebraska, Maternal Child Health Committee, identified barriers that limited access to prenatal care and explored processes to improve early pregnancy notification (defined as within the first trimester or 42 days of enrollment in Medicaid) for Medicaid patients and other vulnerable populations. 

Read the ALIGN Nebraska Prenatal Care and Infant Mortality Policy Brief - a detailed view of prenatal care and infant mortality in Nebraska, plus measurable steps to improve outcomes for all moms and babies by 2030. 

Hypertension Education for OB Providers and
Nursing Staff

OB providers/nursing staff are strongly encouraged to view a 1-hour educational training on "Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy" by Dr. Todd Lovegren, MFM, Methodist Women's Hospital. 

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. Nearly 60% of the associated complications from maternal hypertension are preventable with early recognition and prompt treatment of severe hypertension.
This module is available on-demand and free CME/CNE is provided by Nebraska Methodist College. Register HERE.  
Currently, 28 of Nebraska's 48 birthing facilities are participating in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy maternal safety bundle. Our goal is to have 100% participation from all Nebraska Hospitals. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Sydnie.  

World Doula Week: March 22-28

Throughout history, women have provided bedside support to other women during labor. The doula profession was officially created in the 1970s. Today, there is overwhelming evidence that doula support can reduce the incidence of cesarean births, low birth weight, instrumental interventions, epidural use, and postpartum mood disorders. Doula support is also shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and continuation, the mother’s satisfaction with her birth experience, and confidence in caring for her newborn.

The purpose of World Doula Week is to empower doulas worldwide to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns, and families in birth and the postpartum period.

2023 NPQIC Annual Summit 

 Cigarette Smoking During Pregnancy Declines
in the U.S.

In January of 2023, the CDC released the National Center for Health Statistics data brief, “Declines in Cigarette Smoking During Pregnancy in the United States, 2016–2021."  Read the full brief here


Key findings include:
  • The percentage of mothers who smoked cigarettes at any time during pregnancy declined by 36% from 2016 to 2021, from 7.2% to 4.6%.
  • The percentage of mothers who smoked during pregnancy declined by an average of 8% annually from 2016 to 2021, with the largest decline occurring from 2020 to 2021 (16%).
  •  The number of mothers who smoked during pregnancy declined by 41% between 2016 (282,712) and 2021 (168,086).
  • The number of mothers who smoked during pregnancy declined by an average of 10% annually from 2016 to 2021, with the largest decline occurring from 2020 to 2021 (16%).

It's Data Time

Please enter all 2022 Breastfeeding and NTSV data into RedCap ASAP. 

For those participating in the AIM Severe Hypertension Maternal Safety Bundle, please enter your 2022 data into the AIM portal ASAP. 

2020 Nebraska PRAMS Report Released

In February 2023, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Maternal Child Health Epidemiology, released the 2020 Nebraska Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Annual Report. 

PRAMS is a surveillance project of the CDC and the Nebraska DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Nebraska DHHS. PRAMS is an ongoing, site-specific, population-based surveillance system designed to identify groups of women and infants at high risk for health problems, monitor changes in health status, and measure progress towards goals in improving the health of mothers and infants. Read Nebraska's Annual PRAMS Report here

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

Nebraska AWHONN Winter Webinar Series: Saving a Life, Remembering a Life

Part 5: March 9th, 12-1 pm
Perinatal Disorders: Support of the Patient & Staff, Register here
For more information please contact NE AWHONN Co-Chairs Samantha Kenning or Marisa Schaffer.

Olson Center for Women's Health Brown Bag Lunch Series
Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in Nebraska

Jeff Hamik, MS, Vector-Borne Disease Epidemiologist/Entomologist
Tammy Dawdy, Vector-Borne Disease Community Health Educator
Halie Smith, Vector-Borne Disease Epidemiologist
Tuesday, March 21, 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. 
Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education (IABLE)
Check events calendar for events.

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

CHI Health Perinatal Outreach
Check 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 website for dates of classes
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