Improving Prenatal Care in Vermont (IPCV)

Pregnant belly bumpIPCV was completed in 2006. This project was a three year, Breakthrough Series collaborative, funded by the March of Dimes and the Vermont Department of Health, and was developed by VCHIP, in collaboration with the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), the University of Vermont's College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.


The goal of this state-wide collaborative effort was to improve prenatal care by working to ensure that all pregnant women have access to consistently high-quality care. IPCV’s approach to quality care follows the three tiers of assessment, intervention, and follow-up, and is grounded in evidence-based prenatal care standards.


  • IPCV Practice Tools and Toolkit (updated July 2011**)
  • Participating practice staff learned quality improvement methodologies and specific clinical content at three state-wide Learning Sessions. They have performed initial, monthly, and follow-up assessments, and implemented changes in their practice in nine areas of focus: diabetic screening, nutritional counseling, smoking cessation, infectious disease (including STD and periodontal disease screening), psychosocial/behavioral screening (depression, substance abuse, and domestic violence) and genetic and preterm risk assessment and counseling.
  • The IPCV team collected and analyzed baseline, interim and final data from 10 hospital sites to track the improvement in care throughout the project's timeline.

**The preparation of the July 2011 updated version of the Improving Prenatal Care Provider Toolkit was supported in part by a grant from the University of Vermont, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, Grant # 90DD0645 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The opinions expressed in this toolkit do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

Project Contact

Judy Shaw EdD, MPH, RN, FAAP, Executive Director, at 802-656-8210