Medical City Healthcare
November 18, 2021

DALLAS On World Prematurity Day, Medical City Healthcare, as an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, and March of Dimes, a leading nonprofit fighting for the health of all moms and babies, today announced a unique partnership that focuses on improving maternal mortality and morbidity outcomes through postpartum discharge education and by lowering hospital caesarian rates among low-risk, first-time mothers, head first position or NTSV (Nulliparous, Term, Singleton Vertex) rates.

Medical City Healthcare and its hospitals are proud supporters of North Texas March of Dimes affiliates financially and through volunteer leadership. 

“We are pleased to partner with HCA Healthcare and the March of Dimes to address the serious threats facing moms and babies today and ensure a healthy start for every child,” says Laura Swaney, Medical City Healthcare division vice president of women’s and pediatric services lines. Swaney actively serves on the Dallas March for Babies executive leadership team.

Pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. have more than doubled over the past 25 years, and more women in the U.S. die from pregnancy-related complications than in any other developed country in the world. HCA Healthcare and the March of Dimes identified mission areas that are expected to have the greatest clinical impact on maternal mortality and help reduce that gap, including:

  • NTSV Quality Initiatives: As part of the partnership, HCA Healthcare will partner with March of Dimes to improve maternal outcomes by assessing provider cultural influences and valuable practices. Physician vignettes and consumer education materials will be created to educate/bring awareness to maternal mortality and morbidity, as well as postpartum depression.
  • Postpartum Education: Additionally, a goal of the partnership is to improve maternal outcomes through postpartum education. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), as many as 40 percent of women do not attend a postpartum visit after giving birth. HCA Healthcare will work with March of Dimes to educate providers and patients via a vignette on postpartum health complications, including high blood pressure, hemorrhage and perinatal depression. The video will discuss the importance of the postpartum follow-up visit and encourage new mothers to schedule their postpartum visit prior to leaving the hospital. Postpartum care is important because new moms are at risk of serious and sometimes life-threatening health complications in the days and weeks after giving birth. Too many new moms experience, or have even died from, health problems that may be prevented by getting postpartum care.  

“In the U.S. each day, one woman dies every 12 hours from pregnancy-related causes while tens of thousands of others nearly lose their lives, which is simply unacceptable,” said March of Dimes President and CEO Stacey D. Stewart. ”HCA Healthcare is committed to reversing these statistics, and we’re proud to work with them to help every mom and baby get the best possible start.”

Medical City Healthcare is part of HCA Healthcare, with the ability to use data from the more than 215,000 babies delivers annually across the enterprise to learn and implement new policies and practices to improve pre-natal, natal and post-natal care. This has resulted in HCA Healthcare using standardized protocols for managing hypertension during pregnancy, preventing leg blood clots for C-section patients, decreasing deliveries prior to 39 weeks and controlling postpartum hemorrhage.