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Maternal Health & Perinatal Safety Symposium: November 1, 2018
- Oct 23, 2018 -

Today, the United States has the highest maternal death rate of any industrialized country, and New Jersey ranks 45th in the nation in maternal deaths (America’s Health Rankings by United Health Foundation and CDC National Vital Statistics System, 2011-2015). New Jerseys high rate of racial maternal-health disparities is alarming: black mothers die at more than three and a half times the rate of white women. With maternal mortality rates on the rise, renowned national and international experts are gathering to present on this topic, address factors contributing to perinatal morbidity and mortality, and propose prevention strategies that enhance obstetrical care for both patients and providers.

On Thursday, November 1, 2018, the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey and Hackensack Meridian Health are collaboratively hosting a Maternal Health & Perinatal Safety Symposium at the Robert Treat Hotel, in Newark, New Jersey (50 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102).

This full-day program, held from 7:30 am “ 4:00 pm, is designed to provide physicians, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare providers insight into the current issues impacting maternal health and perinatal safety in New Jersey and nationally, and to learn strategies and protocols to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

In light of the alarming rise of maternal mortality in the state of New Jersey, it is timely and critical that we bring together some of the nations leading experts to take a microscopic look at prevention strategies to improve care, said Ilise Zimmerman, President and CEO for the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey, one of the conference organizers. Maternal health and safety is a major public health issue in our State and country. Our symposium will give this serious issue the attention it deserves, she stated.

This crisis is now an epidemic. More than two women die every day in the USA from pregnancy-related causes, said Andrew Rubenstein, MD, Chief of Obstetrics at Hackensack University Medical Center, Chair of the Total Quality Improvement Committee for the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey, and Co-Chair of the New Jersey Perinatal Quality Collaborative. We hope to raise awareness and educate our clinical colleagues, in an interdisciplinary and inter-professional educational forum, emphasizing collaborative team-based care to address the necessary prioritization that we may collectively call our Crisis Agenda in Maternal Health and Perinatal Safety.