Maternal Health Innovation
March 1, 2022 -
 September 27, 2022
Select Tuesdays
8:00 AM -
 9:00 AM

Maternal mortality and morbidity continues to rise at an alarming rate. Currently, New Jersey has the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in the country, and it is especially high among Black and Latinx women.

You can be part of an innovative solution to make New Jersey the safest and most equitable place in the nation to give birth and raise a baby.

Join us for a powerful collaborative training series focused on addressing maternal morbidity and mortality for all pregnant and parenting women. Led by a multidisciplinary panel of maternal health experts, discussion topics include achieving equitable service and care, best practices and over-use of cesarean birth, Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) patient safety bundles, maternal levels of care in birthing centers, and the impact of shared decision making on improving maternal morbidity and mortality outcomes.

Series Leaders

  • Joseph J. Apuzzio, MD, Professor & Vice Chair Obstetrics Gynecology & Reproductive Health, Director Maternal Fetal Medicine, Professor Radiology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Julie Blumenfeld, DNP, CNM, IBCLC, FACNM, Program Director, Nurse Midwifery & Dual Women’s Health/Nurse Midwifery, Assistant Professor, Advance Practice Division, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical Health and Sciences 
  • Damali Campbell-Oparaji, MD, Medical Director of NJ Maternal Care Quality Collaborative, Assistant Professor, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Danica LaFortune, CD​, Co-Director, Health Connect One, New Jersey Doula Learning Collaborative
  • Brandie Wooding, MSN, BSN, RN, Nurse Consultant, NJ Maternal Care Quality Collaborative 

Learning Objectives

After participating in this ECHO, providers will be able to:

  • Explain the current maternal health landscape for underserved Women in New Jersey. 
  • Identify and recognize how each of the maternal health innovation strategies support the work of improving maternal health outcomes for pregnant women in New Jersey. 
  • Distinguish the levels of maternal care and their impact on increasing access to equitable service and care.  
  • Outline the key reasons and evidence as to why the overuse of cesarean births needs to be eliminated and how other organizations and states are implementing best practices 
  • Design individual and organizational action plans that describe how individuals and groups will work to reduce cesarean births, improve how maternal mortality and morbidity reviews are conducted, and support the implementation of maternal levels of care.

Continuing Education Accreditation

To view the CE Accreditation for CME, CNE, and Social Work Credits, click here.

Additional Information

Information regarding New Jersey maternal mortality rate taken from the First Lady’s Nurture NJ Strategic Plan, to read more, click here.

This Rutgers Project ECHO is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $10,361,110.00 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit


Making Health Equity an Organizational Priority
Tuesday • March 01, 2022
8:00 AM
Implicit Bias Training for Providers
Tuesday • March 08, 2022
8:00 AM
Developing a Culture to Support Vaginal Birth
Tuesday • March 22, 2022
8:00 AM
Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Vaginal vs. Cesarean Delivery
Tuesday • April 05, 2022
8:00 AM
Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Birth
Tuesday • April 12, 2022
8:00 AM
Cesarean Section Reduction Journey
Tuesday • April 26, 2022
8:00 AM
Obstetric Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorder & Screening
Tuesday • May 10, 2022
8:00 AM
Obstetric Hemorrhage & Hypertension Bundles
Tuesday • May 17, 2022
8:00 AM
Postpartum: Safe Transitions from Hospital to Community
Tuesday • May 24, 2022
8:00 AM
Defining Maternal Levels of Care
Tuesday • June 07, 2022
8:00 AM
Investing in Midwifery Care: An Innovative Approach
Tuesday • June 14, 2022
8:00 AM
The Importance of Community Services
Tuesday • June 21, 2022
8:00 AM
Safe & Effective Family Planning Options
Tuesday • July 12, 2022
8:00 AM
Social Determinants of Health for Underserved Women
Tuesday • July 26, 2022
8:00 AM
Role of Maternal Mortality Review Committees in Improving Maternal Health
Tuesday • August 09, 2022
8:00 AM
Important High Risk Pre-natal & Post-birth Indicators
Tuesday • August 23, 2022
8:00 AM
Elevating the Patient’s Voice
Tuesday • September 06, 2022
8:00 AM
Empower Your Patients: “How to” Create a Successful Birth Plan
Tuesday • September 13, 2022
8:00 AM
The Importance of the Doula’s Presence
Tuesday • September 20, 2022
8:00 AM
Role of Trauma Informed Care in Maternal Health
Tuesday • September 27, 2022
8:00 AM