We talk to Dr. George Saade, chair of TCHMB, about his career in maternal and infant health, the work of the Collaborative, and more.
Maternal mortality continues to be the perinatal news topic that most occupies Texas media. Perhaps the most substantive piece on this topic, in recent months, was the Texas Tribune's "Dangerous Deliveries: Is Texas doing enough to stop moms from dying?" It begins with this heartbreaking opening:
The AAP recommends that all babies be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life. The importance of breastmilk diets is even greater for preterm, very low birth weight babies hospitalized in NICUs. But it can be a struggle to provide these infants with the nutrition they so desperately need. That's where the TCHMB's NICU collaborative comes in.
The goal of the initiative, and its associated learning collaborative, is to increase the number of very low birth weight infants that will receive human milk, preferably their mother’s milk, as their primary source of nutrition to assist with their immune and gastrointestinal tract development. More specifically, this project is focused on helping participating hospitals identify and overcome barriers to establishing maternal milk supply and barriers to supporting breastfeeding in the NICU. Initiative to Improve Infant Nutrition and Care in NICUs
The Obstetrics Subcommittee continued working on its Induction of Labor (IOL) Quality Improvement (QI) project, to reduce failed indicated induction of labor and ultimately reduce the primary cesarean delivery rate in Texas.