May 10, 2019

Nearly 50 obstetric providers gathered at Vidant Medical Center for a PQCNC workshop to learn labor support techniques and the physiology behind what makes them effective.  The workshop was taught by midwives Kay Mitchell and Jomeka Mowery and childbirth educator Jennifer Kendrick.  After a discussion of various labor support techniques and viewing instructional videos, participants were able to experience hands on practice of the techniques with continued guidance provided by the instructors.  Additionally, patient educational materials were supplied along with hints, tips and tricks of what nurses can do to facilitate labor support and provide women with the childbirth experience they desire.

labor support class

labor support

April 2, 2019

regional meeting


Teams have asked and PQCNC has listened!  We are excited to announce PQCNC will be partnering with experts from across the state to offer RPC teams 2 regional meetings in May focused on labor management.  These will be all day sessions beginning at 9 AM.  Lunch will be provided and there is no charge for participating hospitals. Registration links are below and these meetings are right around the corner, so don’t wait...spread the word!  We hope to see you there.

To Register for the Eastern Regional Meeting on May 8th, click here

To Register for the Western Regional Meeting on May 20th, click here

March 7, 2019

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center (LNRMC) has made tremendous strides in reducing their primary cesarean section rate in the last few years.  LNRMC is located in Mooresville, North Carolina and delivers approximately 800 babies per year. The staff at LNRMC have worked diligently to incorporate many elements of the AIM Reducing Primary Cesarean Section maternal safety bundle and they have shared their success story with all PQCNC teams participating in the AIM Reducing Primary Cesarean Section initiative.  Arin McClune, the Perinatal Program Coordinator at LNRMC, recorded a brief webinar discussing the elements of the maternal safety bundle that have made the most impact on their primary cesarean section rate.  The webinar, titled Reducing Primary Cesarean Deliveries in Hospitals with less than 1000 deliveries per year, can be found here

January 24, 2019

After a very successful kickoff meeting for the PQCNC AIM Reducing Primary Cesarean Section initiative, it is now time for teams to begin planning, setting goals and implementing interventions.  A facility intervention tracker was reviewed at the kickoff meeting and teams were given time to determine what elements of the action plan they currently have in place, prioritize outstanding interventions and set a goal timeline for implementation.  The facility intervention tracker and planning forms can be found here.  Based on a review of the baseline snapshot information submitted, participating teams had an NTSV cesarean section rate of 26% for June 2018, 27% for July 2018 and 27% for August 2018.  With goals of 23.9% for each facility and a statewide stretch goal of 20%, it’s time to get to work!

December 31, 2018

The kickoff meeting for the upcoming AIM Reducing Primary Cesarean Section initiative is scheduled for January 24, 2019.  If you haven’t registered your team for the initiative yet, please consider joining us as we work to improve maternal outcomes by safely decreasing the number of nulliparous, term, singleton, vertex (NTSV) cesarean section deliveries performed in North Carolina.  Facilities of all sizes that have been able to sustain a low NTSV cesarean delivery rate will be sharing processes and workflows that have enabled their success.  Teams will be able to prioritize a number of interventions to implement as they work towards the statewide goal of a 20% NTSV cesarean section delivery rate.  Come join us in making deliveries safer for the women and infants across North Carolina.

If you’d like to join us in our work, please register your team here.

If you’d like to attend the kickoff meeting, please register here.

November 24, 2018

All teams participating in the PQCNC AIM Reducing Primary Cesarean Section (RPC) initiative will be completing a baseline questionnaire prior to the kickoff of the initiative to determine what processes are currently in place to support healthy birth and labor at each individual facility.  These process and structure measures will serve as a starting point for teams to begin planning improvement cycles and set facility goals during the initiative.

October 14, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Vital Statistics tracks the number of primary and total cesarean section deliveries by delivery center and county each year.  As teams are gearing up for participation in the AIM Reducing Primary Cesarean Section initiative, state statistics are being shared with all facilities to gain a better understanding of their data.  Gathering a baseline of data will enable teams to determine where to concentrate efforts as individual facility action plans are created.


September 26, 2018

As individual facility teams across North Carolina prepare to participate in the PQCNC AIM Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Section (AIM RPC) initiative, there are several documents to review that will enhance understanding of and facilitate improvement teamwork.  All initiative documents are posted on the PQCNC website.

The AIM RPC charter and action plan outline the goals of the initiative and the interventions teams are encouraged to incorporate to meet those goals.  Additionally, initiative pre-work providing step by step instructions on how to get registered, what resources are available and what access will be necessary to enter data is included.  Data collection sheets and data dictionaries are available so teams can investigate how to obtain the necessary data to report.

August 25, 2018

The charter, action plan and data collection documents have been finalized with guidance from the members of the Expert Team.  We are ready to begin recruiting for the AIM Reduction of Primary Cesarean Section (RPC) initiative!

The graph below shows provisional data from 2017 for the primary CS rate for all delivery hospitals in North Carolina.  The expert team decided upon an individual facility goal of 23.9% (top black line) in accordance with Healthy People 2020 and a statewide goal of 20% (lower black line).  Primary CS rates in North Carolina range from approximately 11% to around 38%.  With such variation, we all have much to learn from each other to collectively reach the statewide goal of 20%.

CS Graph

The initiative documents can be found here.  The PQCNC team will be working with and supporting all AIM RPC teams to reach the goals set by the Expert Team. 

July 20, 2018

The AIM RPC expert team has worked diligently to provide insight and guidance regarding the formation of the initiative documents.  Final drafts of the charter, action plan and data collection forms are currently out for comment.  The agreed upon outcomes for the initiative include:

defining the needed infrastructure to reduce primary cesarean section delivery at each obstetrical unit

demonstrating 100% compliance with all the AIM RPC structure metrics

ensuring that all women having an NTSV Cesarean section have met the ACOG/SMFM Cesarean Criteria

having a statewide average NTSV Cesarean rate at or below 20.0% and a hospital NTSV Cesarean rate at or below the Healthy People goal of 23.9%

Demonstrating no change in newborn outcome by route of delivery measured by 5-minute Apgar scores of < 7 and admission to the NICU stratified by reason for admission