Creating New Strategies to Enhance Postpartum Health and Wellness

Andria Cornell, Carolyn McCoy, Caroline Stampfel, Erin Bonzon, Sarah Verbiest

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Abstract

Over the past 5 years there have been a number of new initiatives focused on improving birth outcomes and reducing infant mortality, including a renewed focus on the complex interactions between motherhood and infancy that influence lifelong health trajectories. Beginning in 2012, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) facilitated a series of meetings to enhance coordination across initiatives. Emerging from these conversations was a shared desire across stakeholders to reimagine the postpartum visit and improve postpartum care and wellness. AMCHP convened a Postpartum Think-Tank Meeting in 2014 to map the system of postpartum care and identify levers for its transformation. The meeting findings are presented in an infographic which frames the challenges and proposed solutions from the woman’s perspective. The infographic describes maternal issues and concerns along with a concise summary of the recommended solutions. Strategies include creating integrated services and seamless care transitions from preconception through postpartum and well-baby; business, community, and government support, including paid parental leave, health insurance and spaces for new parents to meet each other; and mother-centered care, including quality visits on her schedule with complete and culturally appropriate information. These solutions catalyze a postpartum system of care that supports women, children, and families by infusing new ideas and capitalizing on existing opportunities and resources.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages39-42
Number of pages4
JournalMaternal and Child Health Journal
Volume20
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

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Postnatal Care
Postpartum Period
Mothers
Health
Parental Leave
Patient Transfer
Quality of Health Care
Infant Mortality
Health Insurance
Appointments and Schedules
Parents
Parturition

Keywords

  • Birth outcomes
  • Maternal health
  • Postpartum
  • Systems integration
  • Title V

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Creating New Strategies to Enhance Postpartum Health and Wellness. / Cornell, Andria; McCoy, Carolyn; Stampfel, Caroline; Bonzon, Erin; Verbiest, Sarah.

In: Maternal and Child Health Journal, Vol. 20, 01.11.2016, p. 39-42.

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Cornell, Andria ; McCoy, Carolyn ; Stampfel, Caroline ; Bonzon, Erin ; Verbiest, Sarah. / Creating New Strategies to Enhance Postpartum Health and Wellness. In: Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2016 ; Vol. 20. pp. 39-42
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