Rethinking Maternal and Newborn Health Series

Rethinking maternal and newborn health series: Should we promote deliveries in low-volume primary care facilities

ACOG partnered with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to bring together experts for the first panel of their Open Discussion Series. The series, titled, “Thorny issues facing women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health” provides a platform to discuss difficult topics that challenge what we know and how we approach women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health in low– and middle-income countries.

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The panel brought different opinions and viewpoints together to discuss that in many low- and middle-income countries, women have been encouraged to deliver at the nearest health facility under the care of a skilled birth attendant. However, emerging evidence demonstrates that not all health facilities are equal in their capacity to respond to complications that occur around childbirth.

The panel was moderated by Catharine Taylor, VP, Health Programs at MSH. The panelists were Margaret Kruk, MD, Associate Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Michelle Pino, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Indian Health Service; Ousmane Faye, MD, Project Director, Management Sciences for Health; and Barbara Levy, MD, Vice President, ACOG. The discussion was streamed live on YouTube with over 45 attendees at ACOG and over 100 attendees online.

Watch the 1.5 hour panel discussion on YouTube: http://youtu.be/MItcakPDqGY.

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