Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (LaPQC)
The Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (LaPQC) is an initiative of the Bureau of Family Health and an authorized agent of the Louisiana Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. LaPQC is a network of perinatal care providers, public health professionals, and patient and community advocates who work to advance equity and improve outcomes for birthing persons, families, and newborns in Louisiana. This team of people works together to better understand and respond to the complex challenges birthing persons face during the perinatal period in order to catalyze transformational change to improve population health and achieve equity.
Why do we say "birthing persons"? The LaPQC commits to using the term birthing person - rather than mom, mother, or woman – in an effort to be more inclusive and respectful of all identities. Similarly, out of respect for all kinds of relationships, the LaPQC uses the word partner to describe those individuals who support birthing persons and parents. Honoring an individual’s identity and experience is an important part of promoting safe, equitable, and dignified birth for all birthing persons in Louisiana.
How We Work
The LaPQC provides support to hospitals for continuous quality improvement on perinatal outcomes. By building coordinated partnerships and aligning resources and efforts, we can move towards an increase in safer births and overall health outcomes. This partnership aligns with the Bureau of Family Health’s vision to make Louisiana a place where all people are valued to reach their full potential, from birth though the next generation. At present, the LaPQC leads improvement work related to:
- breastfeeding and infant nutrition through The Gift;
- maternal mortality, morbidity, and birth outcomes through the Perinatal Quality Collaborative; and
- improving the identification, care, and treatment of birthing persons and neonates affected by opioids and substance use through the Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) Pilot Project.
The Collaborative’s current focus, the Safe Births Initiative, will continue to support progress related to maternal morbidity associated with hemorrhage and hypertension, but also serve as a vehicle for a new focus on reducing Louisiana's low-risk, primary Cesarean section rate. The goal of Safe Births is the implementation of practices that promote safe, equitable, and dignified birth for all birthing persons in Louisiana.
******UPDATE: The LaPQC has released its final report from its Safe Births (Reducing Maternal Morbidity) Initiative! To view the report, click here.******
A total of 42 Louisiana birthing facilities are currently participating in the Safe Births Initiative, covering over 92% of births in Louisiana. View the list of participating facilities here. Facilities interested in finding out more or joining the initiative can contact Amy.Ladley@la.gov.
Safe Births (Reducing Maternal Morbidity Initiative) Report
The Reducing Maternal Morbidity Initiative Final Report
Early Findings from the Reducing Maternal Morbidity Initiative
For Participating Facilities
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Extranet
If you’d like more information or are interested in collaborating with the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative, email LaPQC@la.gov. Visit the LaPQC Directory for specific leadership contact information.