The Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WisPQC) focuses on the perinatal period–the time prior to pregnancy and through the first year of the infant’s life. The Collaborative offers opportunities for stakeholders to engage in quality improvement that can improve perinatal outcomes.
WisPQC’s mission is “to improve perinatal health outcomes and equity across the continuum for all birthing people and infants in Wisconsin.”
Hypertension is a common medical disorder in pregnancy in the United States. Preliminary data from PeriData.Net® show that in Wisconsin, hypertensive disorders affect approximately 22% of pregnancies. These disorders are also leading contributors to neonatal morbidity and mortality, with approximately 15-20% of NICU admissions being associated with maternal hypertension.
The vision for this initiative is to have as many infants as possible receive human milk. In addition, facilities should address equity among the populations they serve.
Screening birthing people for substance use presents opportunities for health care providers to improve the care of birthing people and infants. For birthing people, screening can identify birthing people who need services and begin discussions on how birthing people can prepare for delivery.