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Initiatives & Accomplishments

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine partners with referring providers, medical societies, payers and policy makers to improve care for moms and babies.

Saving Mothers’ Lives

Despite medical advances, mothers in the US are more at risk of dying today than they were in 1990. To reverse this trend, SMFM has partnered with medical societies and federal agencies to “Put the M back in Maternal Fetal Medicine,” focusing attention on education, research, and quality improvement efforts.

Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care

In 2013, SMFM, ACOG and the CDC brought together representatives from 28 professional organizations, patient safety and quality groups, perinatal care facilities, educational institutions, foundations, and federal agencies to determine strategies to improve maternal health and safety in obstetric care. The group reviewed safety bundles to address leading cases of morbidity and mortality during childbirth, including high blood pressure, severe bleeding, and blood clots in the lungs. The team also explored new approaches for providing support to patients and family members as they recover from a life-threatening pregnancy complication. Materials and minutes from the meeting are available online.

The group is refining recommendations from the meeting to create checklists and tools that can be implemented at every maternity hospital the United States. These materials are being made available on the the Council's web site, Safe Health Care for Every Woman.
Obstetric Hemorrhage Bundle from the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care

Putting the M in MFM at The Pregnancy Meeting

"Putting the M in MFM" was the theme for two special presentations at The Pregnancy Meeting in New Orleans. On Thursday, February 6 at noon, Mary D'Alton presented the ABOG-SMFM Lecture, "Maternal Medicine in the 21st Century: The M in MFM." Dr. D"Alton is the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center and Chair of the Board of Directors for The Pregnancy Foundation.

Friday evening, William Callaghan gave a Special Lecture, "Addressing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the United States: A Call to Action,” in the Napolean Ballroom, 5:45-6:15 pm. Dr. Callaghan is Director, Maternal and Infant Health Branch, Division of Reproductive Health, NCCDPHP.

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