Identifying Problems and Possible Solutions to Address Poor Birth Outcomes in West Virginia: Results of the Key Informant Survey and the Central Advisory Council and Strategic Planning Meeting of 2013

The objective of the Key Informant Study was to identify the major problems related to poor medical outcomes for West Virginia Pregnant women and their infants and to identify potential solutions. The survey identified ten major issues affecting birth outcomes in West Virginia.

Accomplishments of the WV Perinatal Partnership 2006-2012: Executive Summary

This report chronicles the achievements of the WV Perinatal Partnership from the time it was established in 2006 until 2012. It describes a number of new strategies that have been implemented, changes made to existing programs and policies, and mechanisms put in place continue to address the health care needs of mothers and babies in the state.

Accomplishments of the WV Perinatal Partnership 2006-2012

The full report recording the achievements of the WV Perinatal Partnership from the time it was established in 2006 until 2012.

Achieving Better Outcomes Through Child Developmental Screening and Referral (2013)

This report provides the goals and consensus set of recommendations developed as a result of the Child Development and Referral Project to improve screening and referral of children birth to three.

Report of the Maternity Care Professional Shortages Committee

The Perinatal Partnership is working to improve access to maternity care in West Virginia. Lack of access to maternity care services has been identified as a major barrier for many women in rural areas of the state. This report includes the findings and recommendations of the 2011-2012 committee but the work of the committee is ongoing and future committee work is identified in this report.

West Virginia FREE: Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing in West Virginia (2013)

Spearheaded by WV FREE, collaborative research began with the DHHR, West Virginia Department of Education, the Guttmacher Institute, Marshall University, West Virginia Perinatal Partnership and the West Virginia Women’s Commission, to understand and determine social factors that affect teen pregnancy. This report is evidence of a concerted effort to understand teen pregnancy and determine factors that will help uplift youth in West Virginia.

First Baby Initiative Report (2013)

West Virginia Quality Collaborative for Reducing Nulliparous Cesarean Sections: This report summarizes an effort undertaken in the State of West Virginia to reduce the number of Cesarean Sections among first-time mothers. In 2009, more than one-third (35.1%) of first-time births in West Virginia were delivered via C-section, and 41.2% of first-time mothers were induced.

West Virginia Quality Collaborative For Eliminating Non-Medically Indicated Deliveries Prior To 39 Weeks Gestation (2011)

This report summarizes an effort undertaken in the state of West Virginia to reduce the number of elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation. These deliveries were found to represent a significant percentage of the overall deliveries in the state and present both a clinical and economic issue due to the increased risk for maternal and neonatal complications that accompany them.

West Virginia Perinatal Wellness Study Key Informant Survey Report (2006)

The purpose of the West Virginia Key Informant Survey was to gain the input of West Virginia medical, nursing and other personnel serving pregnant women and their newborn infants.

Blueprint to Improve West Virginia Perinatal Health (2006)

The Perinatal Partners developed ten primary policy recommendations to improve the perinatal system in West Virginia. The Blueprint reports on these recommendations and describes how to make the improvements needed.

Reports on the Blueprint to Improve West Virginia Perinatal Health (2007)

This document contains the reports and specific recommendations of more than a dozen committees and subcommittees of the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership on ways to implement the Blueprint.

A Study On WV Health Education and Teen Perinatal Outcomes. EDVANTIA (2009)

West Virginia Community Voices, Inc. contracted with Edvantia, Inc., to conduct a two-phase study between August and October 2009. The purpose of this study is to meet the requirements of the House Concurrent Resolution No. 53 (HCR 53).

Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing in WV (2011)

When young people are in control of their sexual lives, they are more likely to be in control throughout life, make healthy decisions for themselves, and thereby create healthier families and communities. After declining steadily both nationally and in West Virginia between 1999 and 2005, the teen pregnancy and birth rates have increased in West Virginia.

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