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Optimizing Maternal Health Through Risk-Appropriate Care

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  • While the COVID-19 pandemic challenged our healthcare system to an unprecedented degree, it also underscored the realization system-level failures in the COVID era are often found to be longstanding points of weakness simply buckling under the stress. The baseline rate of maternal mortality in our country renewed interest in maternal health prior to the pandemic, but the recognition of profound racial disparities in maternal outcomes uncovered within a healthcare system in crisis launched concerns about maternal morbidity and mortality to the top of the public health agenda. This 2022 convention recording will identify barriers, propose solutions, and enrich the theoretical underpinnings of risk-appropriate maternal care with real-world experience. 


    Karen Manganaro, MSN, RNC-OB, Brigham & Women's Hospital

    Sarah Rae Easter, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

    Valerie Horton Sweeney, DNP, RNC-OB, Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Learning Objectives: 

    Describe current guidelines for defining and identifying severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality. 

    Critically appraise contemporary approaches for maternal risk assessment. 

    Outline an approach to optimize collaborative multidisciplinary care for critically-ill pregnant patients. 

    Review cases of severe maternal morbidity for opportunities for quality improvement emphasizing approaches that reduce disparities in care.  

    Level: LII: for nurses with experience of 2-6 years in WH, O, or N who achieve significant competence and aim for expertise in practice. 

    Specialty: Obstetric 

    Nursing Contact Hours:   

    2.4 nursing contact hours (CNE available until June 30, 2023) 

    Requirements for Completion: 

    Complete the activity in its entirety and complete a participant evaluation. 

    AWHONN Accreditation Statement   

    Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or the ANCC of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. AWHONN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider # CEP580.   

    Tags: Communication, COVID-19, Maternal Morbidity and Mortality, Patient Safety