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Minnesota Perinatal Organization (MPO) was founded in 1974 as a multidisciplinary association of individuals and organizations dedicated to improving perinatal health. We provide up-to-date information on perinatal care practices, services and technical advancements and a great opportunity to network with professionals from the region.

Our Mission is to optimize perinatal health in Minnesota through education.

MPO Spotlights: 

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month

When it comes to toys and gifts, it is critical to remember to consider the safety and age range of the toys. 

Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month. The group encourages everyone to consider if the toys they wish to give suits the age and individual skills and abilities of the individual child who will receive it, especially for infants and children under age three. This holiday season (and beyond), please consider the following guidelines for choosing safe toys for all ages... Learn More...

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MPO Welcomes Pankaj Nagaraj, MD as President-Elect

Dr Nagaraj is part of the neonatal physician care team at Children's Minneapolis and St Paul. He also serves as Medical Director of the Neonatal Care Unit at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia & Special Care Nursery at St Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee. He completed his fellowship in Neonatology at Georgetown University Hospital and served as the Medical Director of the NICU at Unity Point Health - Allen Hospital in Waterloo, IA for eight years prior to joining the team at Children's. 

He also has a Master's in Public Health in Epidemiology and is certified in Physician Leadership from the American Academy of Physician Leadership. His past leadership experiences include being part of the Physician Governance Council, Cultural Advisory Council, and Medical Executive Committee at Unity Point Health. He has been an active member of a 7-million dollar fund raising campaign for the Labor and Delivery and NICU expansion at Unity Point Health - Allen Hospital. 

His clinical interests include neonatal ventilation, neurodevelopmental outcomes, and health care simulation.

Call for Community Advisory Committee Members & Chair
Call for Community Advisory Committee Members & Chair

The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is forming a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to bring together patients, families, and community members through collaborative equity approaches that improve health outcomes for moms and babies in both metro and rural Minnesota. We are currently looking for a chair for the committee as well as members of the CAC. 

The chair of the CAC would provide oversight to build the structure of the committee. As well as, attend the executive committee meetings and support project initiatives. Providing leadership to enable the CAC to be seen as a key resource for MNPQC membership and statewide. 

Members of this committee will consist of mothers, families, non-profit organizations, community advocates and community organizations with a vested interest in perinatal health equity. Meetings will consist of project feedback on the MNPQC collaboratives on preterm birth prevention and hypertension during pregnancy and the opioid initiatives. We will also discuss potential initiatives to pursue based on the needs of the community. 

If you are interested, please send a CV and/or a brief narration from a nominator by Friday, December 6th. Please email materials to for consideration.

First-time pregnancy complications linked to increased risk of hypertension later in life
First-time pregnancy complications linked to increased risk of hypertension later in life

Women who experience complications such as preterm births and preeclampsia during their first pregnancy are nearly twice more likely than women without complications to develop high blood pressure later in life — some as quickly as three years later, according to a new study of more than 4,000 women. The study was published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Learn More...

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