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Caesarean Skin-to-Skin RatesHospital Breaks Barriers for Cesarean Section Couplet
Keeping mother and baby together post Cesarean section has been a particularly difficult challenge for hospitals seeking to increase breastfeeding rates. With months of coaching from NICHQ as part of the New York State Breastfeeding Quality Improvement in Hospitals Collaborative, nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center knew a recent scenario was an opportunity for change.

Elissa FaroGood Things Come in Small Changes
We've all employed the process of trial and error at some point. Small tests of change, however, transform trial and error into a disciplined process of trial and learning. The more small tests we run, the easier it becomes to make an effective, sustainable change.

Alaska Perinatal BabyAlaska Shows Perinatal Regionalization Works to Reduce Infant Deaths
When Stephanie Birch, RNC, MPH, MS, was a new nurse in 1982, Alaska's infant mortality rate was the highest in the nation. More than 30 years later, Alaska sits at the opposite end of the spectrum, with the lowest rate of infant deaths. While it wasn’t a quick fix, Birch says Alaska shows significant improvement is possible. "You have to be willing to be open to the possibilities for improvement," she says. "And, don’t give up."

Malorie Thurman and SonWhy I Participate: By Parent Partner Malorie Thurman
Malorie Thurman, a mother of three, says she joined the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative as a parent partner to help mothers have the best chance to experience the outcome they desire with their delivery. "This was my opportunity to give back to those who had been so helpful to me and my family,” she says. “It is a wonderful feeling knowing you have been an intricate part of such amazing changes that will impact so many people in and around your community."

Sickle Cell Pain in the Emergency Department: A Guide to Improving Care
Sickle cell disease patients seeking treatment wait in excruciating pain longer than they have to. Our new resource, "Sickle Cell Pain in the Emergency Department: A Guide to Improving Care," will help providers understand and implement best practices for these patients. 

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