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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District II/NY & University at Albany School of Public Health, Office of Continuing Education present

Safe Motherhood Initiative: An Opportunity to Prevent Maternal Mortality


Cynthia Chazotte, MD, FACOG
Professor and Vice Chair, Director of Obstetrics & Perinatology, Weiler Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center

Adiel Fleischer, MD, FACOG
Associate Chairman of Obstetric and Gynecology, Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

New York’s Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI) has been conducting on-site maternal mortality reviews since 2003. The overarching recommendations of the Safe Motherhood Initiative’s relate to improving systems, support services, communication and to improving the quality of obstetric services. The SMI’s on-site reviews identified multiple areas for improvement which substantiated the need to promote quality across the continuum of maternity care. Specifically, maternal deaths did not result from one isolated contributory factor, but are the result of the combined failure of various systems and other issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the latest statistics and trends in maternal mortality;
  • Understand the Safe Motherhood Initiative’s goals and objectives and;
  • Understand the importance of on-site maternal mortality reviews through case presentations.
The target audience will include maternal and fetal medicine specialists, obstetrician/gynecologists, other obstetric providers, quality assurance specialists and risk managers.

Broadcast originally aired March 6, 2008

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