Obstetric Outreach

We partner with the Vermont Department of Health to improve the health of pregnant women and neonates across Vermont. Our objectives are to focus on quality improvement, to strengthen our network of Maternal Health and Family Medicine providers, and to provide a home base for up to date obstetrical information, guidelines, and hot topics. This partnership has resulted in a number of significant improvements in the health of pregnant women and neonates by assessing timely state perinatal outcomes and understanding how perinatal care is delivered and incorporates social determinants of health.

Our Objectives

  • To improve access, coordination, and quality of care, including prenatal, perinatal, and preconception care, provided to Medicaid-eligible women and infants
  • To establish prenatal care standards and recommendations by standardizing quality assessment, bench-marking, and reporting.
  • To identify potential recommendations for changes in the State Medicaid policy for obstetrical care of women

 

Our Offerings

  • 24 hour telephonic consultative services for referring Medicaid participating providers
  • Patient Status for Transferring OB Providers
  • Educational webinars for providers

  

Our Outreach 

Educational Webinars:

The VCHIP OB/GYN Webinar Series is designed in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and the University of Vermont Medical Center's Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences team to educate Vermont obstetrical providers with up-to-date information on obstetrical standards of care, public health, and healthcare reform to ensure best care practices for our community.

Quality Improvement:

A collaboration with UVM OBGYN, Vermont Regional Perinatal Health Project (VRPHP), Improving Care for Opioid-Exposed Newborns (ICON), and the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) allows for improvements in the collection and provision of timely feedback to all hospitals regarding important aspects of perinatal care and to provide recommendations for improvement. 

Vermont Family Based Approach (VFBA) HIP Moms Study:

A program that focuses on the entire family, recognizes emotional and behavioral health as the key aspect of health, and emphasizes health promotion along with evidence-based intervention. The VFBA teams comprise of the child and family, Family Wellness Coaches, Focused Family Coaches, Family-Based Psychiatrists, primary care providers, and community partners. The goal of our research is to take a preventive approach to children's mental health by offering evidence-based wellness interventions in the perinatal period. Our program uses "wellness coaching" to bring health promotion (mindfulness, yoga, nutrition), illness prevention, and family-based intervention for pregnant women. Women are paired with a Family Wellness Coach (FWC) who provides education regarding how wellness activities can support mental health, collaborates with women to set goals, and coordinates resources to meet their goals.

 

Our Involvement

 

Tools and Resources

Perinatal Toolkit
State Guide to Improving Prenatal Care

 

 

Project Contacts

Marjorie Meyer, MD, Project Lead

Carole McBride, PhD, Research Assistant

Samantha Bellinger, Program Manager