Quality Care Initiatives

Neonatology & Maternal Quality Care Initiatives

The School of Medicine also serves as the coordinating center for the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, which collects data on over 90 percent of the NICUs in the state. By linking CPQCC databases to vital records collected by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, we have even more opportunities to assess prenatal, neonatal and post-natal care delivery.

We incorporate all California perinatal databases with the Vermont Oxford Network existing databases that include information on very low birth weight infants (≤ 1500 grams) and infants over 1500 grams who are admitted to a NICU at one of its nearly 1000 participating centers around the world. Additionally, Stanford is the center for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC), which works to ensure equitable care for mothers and prevent maternal death.

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NPR reports on CMQCC

Since 2006, California has reduced the number of women dying in childbirth by more than half, in part due to the efforts of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder organization based at Stanford. News story features Elliot Main, MD. 

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New blood test can detect premature birth

Measuring RNA fragments in a pregnant woman’s blood gives a reliable estimate of the baby’s due date and can predict if the baby will arrive prematurely, a Stanford-led team has shown.

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