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Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (est. 2018)

The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) seeks to improve maternal and infant health outcomes with emphasis on racial and ethnic health inequities. Current initiatives include Preterm Birth Reduction, Treatment of Hypertension in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. 

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MNPQC Patient Partners: Heather Brusegard & family
MNPQC Patient Partners: Heather Brusegard & family

Heather Brusegard was diagnosed with preeclampsia in the 26th week of her second pregnancy and was placed on hospital bedrest from that point on. At the end of her 27th week the medical team found that the baby’s umbilical cord blood flow was intermittently reversed and she was transferred from Fairview Southdale to the University of Minnesota in order to access a level 4 NICU. With the help of around-the-clock monitoring, betamethasone shots, magnesium, and blood pressure medicine, Heather was able to remain pregnant for an additional week; each morning she woke to an ultrasound to see if it would be “the BIG day”. Scarlett was ultimately born when her umbilical cord fully reversed at 28 weeks & 3 days; she was 13.75 in long and weighed 1.5 pounds. Heather’s elevated blood pressure did not go away after the birth of her daughter; she stayed on her blood pressure medicine and after a couple months was able to work with her physician to titrate the dose down to zero. Scarlett had a 114-day NICU stay where she moved mountains learning to breathe and grow. Scarlett is now three and a half and thriving with the help of a feeding tube as she never fully mastered the art of eating. When Heather is not chasing her girls around the playground or driving them to the numerous extracurricular activities, she can be found volunteering in the Minnesota NICU community or on the MNPQC Hypertension Committee. What was once a scary journey has now become a passion and purpose.

MNPQC representatives at the IHI Breatkthrough College, March 2019. From left to right: Susan B, MPO; Yasuko Y, MPO; Susan C, MDH; Anne W, MDH; Alina K, MDH; Katie L, MDH

MNPQC representatives at the 2018 National PQC Conference in Atlanta GA. From left to right: Anne W, MDH; Katie L, MDH; Phillip R, MPO; Susan C, MDH; Susan B, MPO

17P Quality Improvement Project Storyboard displayed at AWHONN MN Section's Conference, April 2019

MNPQC storyboard presented at National Perinatal Quality Collaborative Conference, November 2018

2016 Minnesota Perinatal Organization

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