Mary Breckinridge, one of the foremothers of nurse-midwifery in the United States, famously said, “Our goal is to see ourselves surpassed.” Nearly a century later, there is still much room for improvement in maternity care. As new tools and resources become available, what will it take to transform maternity care, and how can midwives and other maternity care professionals be part of that transformation? Join us for the ACNM Region 1 Annual Meeting: Quality Improvement in Maternity Care. Network with midwives and other providers from across New England, earn CEUs, and get inspired to improve quality and patient safety.
Ticket includes breakfast, lunch, and CEUs (pending approval for 3 contact hours from ACNM.)
The Connecticut Affiliate is happy to offer a home stay option. If you are traveling from out of town and want to stay overnight with a local midwife, please complete the Home Stay Request Form.
We have also reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard Mariott at Yale, located 1.2 miles from the New Haven Lawn Club. Reference YSN Midwifery for a room rate of $179 before October 10.
Pre-conference Preceptor Workshop
Current and prospective Yale preceptors are invited to join a preceptor workshop and appreciation dinner on Friday November 9. Click here for more information and to register.
Quality Improvement in Maternity Care - Session Descriptions
Delivering Quality: A Labor of Love…and Value
Presenter: Amanda Skinner, MSN, MBA, Director, Clinical Integration and Performance Improvement, Yale-New Haven Health System
Co-presenter: Amy Romano, MSN, CNM, Project Director: Transforming Maternity Care Partnership and ACNM CT Affiliate President
What is “quality of care”? Who are the players defining, measuring, and monitoring quality? What will a system that is transformed to reliably deliver high quality care look like? And what does this all mean for midwives and other maternity care professionals? Two midwives with unique vantage points will demystify the quality enterprise in a session that will empower midwives to be part of the health care transformation.
Building Bridges: Midwifery and Physician Collaboration in Northern New England
Presenter: Timothy Fisher, MD, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and Steering Committee Member, Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network
As the debate shifts from “Is out-of-hospital birth safe?” to “Under what circumstances is out-of-hospital birth safest?”, there is growing consensus that interprofessional communication and teamwork are prerequisites to designing a system that optimizes safety. Multi-stakeholder quality collaboratives have driven quality improvement in many areas of maternity care by fostering teamwork across disciplines, designing process improvement tools, and enabling spread of effective care processes. Learn from physician leader, Tim Fisher, about a regional, multi-stakeholder program designed to improve inter-professional communication and patient safety, including during home and birth center transports.
Presenter: Linda Nanni, CNM, Region 1 Representative to ACNM
Get an update on ACNM programs, including our new public relation campaign, our application to the federal Strong Start Initiative, new practice and advocacy resources, and more from our Regional Representative, Linda Nanni.
What Makes Providers Practice According to Evidence: Is It the Evidence?
Presenter: Mayri Sagady Leslie, EdD, MSN, CNM, Nurse-Midwifery Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, George Washington University School of Nursing.
Maternity care in the United States is not evidence-based. Efforts to incorporate evidence into practice across hospitals or health systems have often been unsuccessful. Research into provider change at the individual level has been sparse and focuses mostly on why professionals don’t change when the evidence changes. But what about the midwives and doctors who do change to follow the evidence? What drives that change? Is it the evidence? Mayri Sagady Leslie will present her research exploring the experiences of these providers who changed from a practice with little evidence in its favor to one with more scientific support. For the purposes of having the providers share a common phenomenon, the change from early to delayed cord clamping was chosen. The results of this qualitative grounded theory study will be presented.
Integration and Inspiration: What’s One Thing You Will Change and How Will You Get Started?
To close our day, we will gather in small groups “unconference-style” to identify concrete ways midwives and others can improve how we deliver care, and network with others who share our inspiration.