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Katie Couric's Podcast Features Debra Bingham

Friday, May 1, 2020  
Posted by: Amanda Powell, PQI Project Manager
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Last week, Dr. Debra Bingham, PQI founder, was asked to join Katie Couric's podcast to discuss the maternal mortality crisis.

Next Question with Katie Couric
America's Maternal Mortality Crisis, Part 1


  Maternal mortality and morbidity has been a rising concern in the United States. While the technology advances, the ability to keep moms safe during labor has not. For Black women, the rate of mortality is three to four times higher than white women. Overall, the U.S. has the worst rates of maternal mortality when compared to other developed countries. The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing increased light to the gaps in the system. Many women are giving birth without their normal support systems, and sometimes they're giving birth without their partners in the room at all.

  Dr. Debra Bingham describes her realization in 2006 of how bad the problem really was while working in California as the First Executive Director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. She describes in the podcast that several practices have changed that have contributed to the increase in maternal mortality and morbidity: 1) better counting, 2) increases in cesarean birth rates, and 3) early admittance to hospitals during labor which leads to cascade of interventions including less freedom of movement. She outlines key initiatives she has helped develop and lead that are reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. Including, the POST-BIRTH warning signs acronym and mnemonic.

   These topics and a personal story from a father whose healthy wife bled to death in a hospital recovery room after a routine repeat cesarean birth are covered in the podcast.


Correction (4-27-20):

"The podcast incorrectly attributes the "Save Your Life" POST BIRTH warning signs handout to the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement. It was developed under the leadership of Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN when she worked at the Association of Women's Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses."

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