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On November 16th, the March of Dimes released the 2023 Prematurity Report Card for the United States and Nebraska. The U.S. received a D+ and Nebraska fell to a D- (D). The preterm birth rate in Nebraska climbed to 11.3% (10.8), the highest it has been in the last 10 years. Significant disparities continue to exist for Black and Indigenous Groups.
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The 2023 NPQIC Fall Summit "Upstream Solutions to Maternal Health Equity" will provide a foundational understanding of the current Black maternal health crisis and the landscape of Black maternal health in Nebraska. Sessions will equip healthcare teams with the most up-to-date practices around severe maternal morbidities, trauma-informed care, and chronic conditions and substance use in pregnancy. Providing evidence-based and equitable care to marginalized populations is critical for improving pregnancy health outcomes in NE.
In March 2023, NPQIC hosted a live Webinar, “Opioid Prescriptions in Pregnancy." This webinar is now available for free CME, DEA MATE, and Opioid Prescriber Credit.
On May 26th, 2023, the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPQIC) hosted a meet-and-greet event for the Rooted Doula Care and Support Program, a pilot program that will connect 30 Black pregnant people with the support of full-spectrum doulas at no cost. Other program partners include I Be Black Girl, Nebraska Medicine, the Nebraska Black Doula Collective, and United Healthcare.
The CDC recently released the results of their national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) which assesses maternity care practices and provides feedback to encourage hospitals to make improvements that better support breastfeeding.