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Rural areas nationwide are losing prenatal and labor and delivery services, and Minnesota is part of that trend

Nationally, rural areas are losing prenatal and labor and delivery services, and Minnesota is part of that trend. But researchers are just starting to look at what this means for the health of mothers and their babies.

There are a lot of gaps in our understanding of what it means to be pregnant and giving birth in rural Minnesota, though initial published research suggests that the outcomes for moms and babies are worse when prenatal and labor and delivery services are lost. Learn More...


MNPQC's 17P QI Project storyboard presentation; given at the National PQC conference, November 2018. View full-size

As part of Patient Safety Awareness Week, IHI is offering a free webinar on March 13th: "Advancing Patient Safety Beyond the Hospital". Patients deserve safe care in and across every setting; this session will call attention to the safety issues beyond the walls of hospitals. Learn More...

MNPQC representatives from Minnesota at the National PQC Conference in Atlanta GA. From left to right: Anne W, MDH; Katie L, MDH; Phillip R, MPO; Susan C, MDH; Susan B, MPO

Founded in part by the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Perinatal Organization, the purpose of the Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is to improve maternal and infant health outcomes, with a particular focus on decreasing racial and ethnic health disparities. Learn More...

As Amy Langenfeld’s MPO Board position comes to an end, we would like to thank her for her contributions to our organization. Best of luck to you Amy!

Amy Langenfeld, MS, RN, PHN, APRN, CNM, SANE-A attended the University Of Minnesota for both undergraduate (Nursing) and graduate (Midwifery) school. Her clinic work is primarily with women and families who have experienced multi-generational sexual violence, human trafficking, and drug and alcohol dependence at much higher rates than national averages. 

Amy is the only Advanced Practice Nurse to ever be a featured Continuing Medical Education Lecturer for Minnesota physicians via the Minnesota Medical Association and is a 2015 recipient of the Minnesota Department of Human Resources Commissioners Circle of Excellence for her innovative care delivery to opioid addicted Native American Women. She presents at conferences for multiple disciplines effected by the opioid epidemic and has been featured in a documentary, press, webinars, and has been interviewed on radio regarding her work with pregnant opioid addicts.

2018 Kunsche Award Winner
2018 Kunsche Award Winner

Congratulations to our 2018 Kunsche Award Winner, Jeanne Mrozek, MD!

The Kunsche Award is presented each year to a member of the perinatal healthcare field to recognize outstanding acheivement and continued support of MPO. Learn More...

The PreemiePrep app is here! 
The PreemiePrep app is here! 

Late preterm infants born between 34-36 6/7-week gestation are known to have increased risk of adverse outcomes compared with term infants. They can have significantly more medical complications related to temperature instability, hypoglycemia, respiratory distress, jaundice, apnea, seizures, and feeding problems.  Learn More...

With Minnesota and the nation as a whole continuing efforts to reduce infant mortality, the Minnesota Department of Health is highlighting the value of progesterone to prevent preterm births. The United States lags behind many other developed countries in infant mortality rates. About one out of every eight births in the U.S. and about one out of 10 births in Minnesota are premature. As part of the effort to raise awareness of infant mortality and potential solutions, Governor Dayton proclaimed September 23-29 as Infant Mortality Awareness Week. Learn More...

2016 Minnesota Perinatal Organization

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