North Carolina maternal mortality and morbidity data shows that efforts are needed to address the growing number of women of childbearing age across our state who are dying within 42 days of birth and/or as a result of pregnancy related and associated complications. Data also shows that there are opportunities to improve the collection, analysis and application of state-level data to better track and prevent future severe maternal morbidity and improve overall maternal health.
To improve maternal health outcomes in North Carolina, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services established the Task Force on Maternal Health to bring together stakeholders and experts from across North Carolina to identify evidence-based solutions to best improve maternal health outcomes and to guide and develop a Maternal Health Strategic Plan for the state.
The Task Force will be building upon the work of the NCIOM Perinatal Systems of Care Task Force and will align with the state’s Perinatal Health Strategic and Early Childhood Action Plans. In addition to the development of a Maternal Health Strategic Plan, an Annual Report, including the Executive Summary, will be published by the NCIOM.
Shannon Dowler, MD, FAAFP, CPE
Chief Medical Officer, North Carolina Medicaid
North Carolina Department of Human Services
Carolyn Harraway-Smith, MD, FACOG, DABFM
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cone Health Women’s Hospital
Owner and Doula
Triangle Doulas of Color
James Coleman, MPH
North Carolina Institute of Medicine