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Beyond Baby Blues: Understanding and Supporting the Mental Health Challenges of Black Women and Birthing People 

Jul 22, 2024

Kendra Copanas, Executive Director, Generate Health STL  Mental illness occurs a lot more than we normally recognize. As one of the most common mental illnesses, depression affects more than 280 million people worldwide.1 Depression can greatly impact one’s pregnancy and first year...

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Understanding Hypertension in Pregnancy: Insights from a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

Jul 10, 2024

Karen Florio is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist with a passion for understanding hypertension in pregnancy. Her journey began unexpectedly after experiencing pre-eclampsia during her own pregnancy. Despite being in peak physical health at the time, she became pre-eclamptic at...

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Chronic Hypertension Has Soared Among Pregnant Women

Jun 21, 2024

Far more women are experiencing a life-threatening condition during pregnancy but aren’t being treated for it, according to a study published this week. This problem is largely avoidable, and experts have urged providers to take action. One official called it a “missed...

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Mental Health Strategy To Curb Maternal Deaths

May 16, 2024

Perinatal depression affects as many as 20% of women in the United States during pregnancy, the postpartum period, or both, according to studies. In some states, anxiety or depression afflicts nearly a quarter of new mothers or pregnant women. Many women in the U.S. go untreated ...

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Listen: Dr. Alison Williams Talks Maternal Health Improvement and the PQC

Mar 9, 2024

In the first episode of PolicyHuddle, a podcast from the Missouri Hospital Association, Dr. Alison Williams, MHA’s vice president of clinical quality improvement, discusses maternal health improvement, and the formation and purpose of the Missouri Perinatal Quality Collaborative....

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Missouri Extends Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

Jan 31, 2024

Postpartum Medicaid coverage in Missouri has expanded from 60 days to one year under legislation signed into law in 2023. The Department of Social Services estimates the extension will cover more than 4,000 people who would otherwise go uninsured two months after the end of pregnancy....

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Optimizing Care For Moms and Babies Affected by Substance Use Disorder

Jan 24, 2024

Substance use disorder is a chronic disease with lasting effects for the mother, infant, family and community. With the global opioid epidemic, there has been a significant increase in maternal SUD rates further impacted by the “pair of ACEs” — the combined effects of adverse...

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CMS “Birthing-Friendly” Designation Now Available On Care Compare

Jan 17, 2024

CMS now is displaying its “birthing-friendly” hospital designation on Medicare’s Care Compare website and through a new mapping tool. The designation identifies hospitals and health systems that participate in a statewide or national perinatal quality improvement collaborative...

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Five Strategies to Address Perinatal Substance Use Disorder

Jan 10, 2024

The Maternal Child Health Journal released a special issue highlighting public health approaches to perinatal substance use. Five key strategies to address perinatal SUD emerged. Assess the state of perinatal behavioral health Build a diverse perinatal behavioral health workforce...

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