Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

Obstetrics and Newborn

Dr. N. and babyWhile many women do not experience complications with the birth of a child, labor and delivery raise several risks for both mother and infant. And obstetrical adverse events during this time can result in severe harm. According to the Partnership for Patients initiative, obstetrical adverse events occur in approximately 9 percent of all U.S. deliveries. These include perineal tears, hemorrhaging or even death for the mother and injuries to the skeleton or spinal cord of the infant as well as some neonatal intensive care unit admissions.

While not all adverse obstetrical events are preventable, many are.

Download the Perinatal road map.

Perinatal patient safety toolkit

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Maternal/Obstetric Mortality Reduction Strategies

General Resources

  • California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
  • Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care website
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Toolkit for Improving Perinatal Safety
  • Maternal Early Warning Signs (MEWS)

    Management of Hypertensive Emergencies

    Post-partum hemorrhage

    Peri-operative Infection Prevention Strategies

    Maternal Mortality Reporting

    Operative Vaginal Delivery

    Trial of Labor after Previous Cesarean Section

     Fetal/Uterine Assessment

    Patient Education

    SIDS/SUIDS/Safe Sleep

    Physician and Nurse Training