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Healthcare Strategies for Reducing Pregnancy-Related Morbidity and Mortality in the Postpartum Period

Bingham, Debra, DrPH, RN, FAAN; Suplee, Patricia D., PhD, RNC-OB; Morris, Melanie Hall, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, CCE; McBride, Meredith, GN

The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: July/September 2018 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p 241–249
doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000344
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The majority of pregnancy-related deaths in the United States occur in the postpartum period, after a woman gives birth. Many of these deaths are preventable. Researchers and health care providers have been focusing on designing and implementing strategies to eliminate preventable deaths and ethnic and racial disparities. Six healthcare strategies for reducing postpartum maternal morbidity and mortality will be described. These strategies, if provided in an equitable manner by all providers to all women, will assist in closing the disparity in outcomes between black women and women of all other races and ethnicities who give birth throughout the United States.

Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement, and Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore (Dr Bingham); School of Nursing-Camden, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey (Dr Suplee and Ms McBride); and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee (Dr Morris).

Corresponding Author: Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (dbingham@perinatalqi.org).

D. Bingham and P. D. Suplee were the PIs on the funded Empowering Women to Obtain Needed Care Project for AWHONN.

Disclosure: The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Each author has indicated that he or she has met the journal's requirements for Authorship.

Submitted for publication: February 16, 2018; accepted for publication: April 12, 2018.

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