The Family Birthplace at Forrest General Hospital has been recognized as a 2020 Gold Star Safety Facility for Excellence in Obstetric Hypertension Care.
The award is presented by the Alliance for Innovation for Maternal Health, a national data-driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative.
AIM works to reduce preventable maternal mortality and severe morbidity across the United States, working through state and community-based teams to align national, state and hospital-level quality improvement efforts to improve overall maternal health outcomes.
As hypertension is one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality, the severe maternal hypertension project aims to equip every birthing facility and emergency department with the tools necessary to promptly and effectively manage cases of severe maternal hypertension to maximize outcomes for mothers and infants.
According to the World Health Organization, maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.
In an article published in the American Journal of Managed Care, the U.S., among 11 developed countries, has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries.
To receive Gold Star status, Forrest General partnered with AIM and the Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative, whose aim is to promote evidence-based quality improvement initiatives at the hospital and community level to improve birth outcomes across the state.
According to Tangela Jackson, director of Women and Children’s Services, the Family Birthplace was recognized for completing a set of maternity safety requirements known as “bundles” and promoting their implementation to ensure consistent maternity care.
AIM develops maternal safety bundles and promotes their implementation in all birth facilities to ensure consistent maternity care.
“We do everything we can to ensure our mothers have safe pregnancies and safe deliveries,” Jackson said. “This designation reiterates the hospital’s We C.A.R.E. values and mission to do what is best for our patients. We want to make the birthing experience a happy occasion with great outcomes for our families.”