Safe Sleep

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Prevention of the 1st Cesarean Delivery

The rising cesarean delivery rate in the United States has been in the news. In 2014, ACOG and SMFM published a consensus document on the Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery. The plan is to facilitate dissemination of this information throughout the state and to support the implementation of the recommendations. Baseline data on Nebraska cesarean rates have been collected.

Spong CY, Berghella V, Wenstrom KD, Mercer BM, Saade GR. Preventing the first cesarean delivery: summary of a Joint Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Workshop. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Nov;120(5):1181-93.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (College); Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Caughey AB, Cahill AG, Guise JM, Rouse DJ. Safe prevention of the primary cesarean delivery. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Mar;210(3):179-93




Data Tool

Jaundice is a fairly common newborn condition that can result in devastating kernicterus. Evidence-based protocols provide guidance in the identification of newborns at risk and their appropriate management. If your facility would like to participate in this project, please register. Web-conferences of the participating hospitals are taking place every two months as improvement teams are taking steps to develop and implement evidence-based protocols.

Web Conference Slides 8/10/17

Web Conference Slides 11/8/17

Pediatrics 2004

Maisels et al. 2009

Keren et al. 2008

Bhutani et al. 2013

Shahid, R., & Graba, S. (2012). Outcome and cost analysis of implementing selective coombs testing in the newborn nursery. Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association, 32(12), 966-969.



Breastfeeding Practices

Did you know Nebraska ranked 50th out of 53 states and territories in the 2016 United States Breastfeeding Report Card released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)? This ranking is based on the 2015 Maternity Practices in Infants Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey conducted by the CDC biennially to assess evidence-based hospital practices that support and encourage breastfeeding. Work has been done over the past 2 years to increase the use of evidence-based practices supporting breastfeeding at all birthing hospitals. Nebraska is looking forward to demonstrating improvement on the 2018 mPINC survey.

Web Conference 09/20/2017

ABM Protocol #3 Supplementation, 2017

The Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts has produced human milk patient education videos and handouts for parents of premature newborns through funding from the Kellogg Foundation. These resources are high quality and free to all! 


Prevention of CMV

In Nebraska, there are approximately 156 CMV infected newborns born every year. Unsuspecting pregnant women may contract CMV and pass it on to their developing baby in-utero. Some of these newborns will have hearing loss as a result of the CMV infection. Public education programs have been effective in reducing the transmission of CMV to pregnant women. Social media is being utilized to education childbearing women in Nebraska about this disease and hygienic measures to prevent CMV transmission.



Count the Kicks

Kick counts are a simple way for mothers to identify if their unborn baby is healthy. The Count the Kicks campaign, which originated in Iowa, strives to educate pregnant women and provides tools to assist them with kick counts. Kick counts are an easy way to prevent stillborn babies. Nebraska hospitals and providers may order free brochures to share the campaign with their patients. Order your brochures today. In addition, social media is being utilized to reach childbearing women in Nebraska.



March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign

Learn more about the MOD Roadmap Interventions to reduce prematurity.

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