Vermont Regional Perinatal Health Project (VRPHP)

Delivery with mom and newbornIn November of 2007, the Vermont Regional Perinatal Program (VRPP) partnered their educational and training activities with the quality improvement initiatives of VCHIP's Network for Improving Newborn Care to form the Vermont Regional Perinatal Health Project (VRPHP). VRPHP is a collaboration of VCHIP, VDH, and the University of Vermont College of Medicine Departments of Pediatrics, and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.


The mission of VRPHP is to be a high-quality academic health care resource for education, skills, competencies and quality improvement in perinatal health care. We partner with the VDH, community hospitals and multi-disciplinary teams of health care professionals to facilitate timely, effective and patient-centered perinatal health care in a rural setting.


  • Annual Statewide Statistics conference to review perinatal outcomes data in the context of key maternal and newborn quality indicators.
  • Maternal/Newborn Transport Conferences to provide a format for maternal and neonatal case review for those VT and upstate NY patients who were referred to The University of Vermont Medical Center.
  • Nurse Manager's from the Birth Centers at Vermont Community Hospitals meet quarterly to review policy and discuss efforts for best practice.

Project Contact

Charles Mercier, MD