To address inequities in maternal health, the Perinatal-Neonatal Quality Improvement Network of Massachusetts (PNQIN) is working with more than 20 hospitals in the state to adopt its maternal equity bundle. The bundle is a set of evidence-based actions to make birth safer and improve outcomes for all people giving birth while addressing racial and ethnic disparities.
PNQIN’s initiative is based on the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health’s (AIM) maternal equity framework, used to combat the rise in maternal morbidity and mortality nationwide. AIM also focuses on medical complications of pregnancy, such as hypertension, cardiac conditions and substance use disorder.
In addition to PNQIN, which provides guidance, education and technical assistance to participating hospitals, Ariadne Labs’ TeamBirth is helping hospitals implement the equity bundle, adapting training and guidance to the needs of each community and facility. The Betsy Lehman Center is also a partner, collecting and analyzing data integral to tracking progress in improved maternal outcomes. All birthing hospitals in the state are invited to join the effort.