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Safe Sleep

Be recognized as a Safe Sleep Hospital. Get your brochures, videos, and learn about a great educational resource here.
May 2017 Update

Prevention of the 1st Cesarean Delivery Data Tool

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 implementation of the recommendations. Baseline data on Nebraska cesarean rates has been collected.

Hyperbilirubinemia Data Tool

Jaundice is a fairly common newborn condition that can result in devastating kernicterus. Evidence-based protocols provide guidance in 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

Pediatrics 2004

Maisels et al. 2009

Keren et al. 2008

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. Of the perinatal stakeholders who attended the NPQIC 2015 Fall Summit, 83% responded that breastfeeding was a priority quality issue for their organizations.

The plan is to repeat the mPINC survey while providing healthcare organizations assistance in implementation of evidence-based practices. The initial data collection occurred early in 2016 and revealed opportunity to improve on:

  • Skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and during routine procedures
  • Babies to breast within one hour of birth
  • Keeping mothers and babies together
  • Supplementation with non-breastmilk
  • Distribution of formula company discharge packs
  • Routine separation of mother and baby for transition after vaginal birth

Web Conference 09/20/2017

ABM Protocol #3 Supplementation, 2017

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 childvbearing 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 education 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.