September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month, and we know that Missouri’s providers, hospitals, public health professionals, and parents are collaborating in many ways to improve our birth outcomes and lower our infant mortality. Perinatal Regionalization is one measure that can have a huge impact on moms and babies.
Very low birthweight and very preterm babies are 55% more likely to die if they are born in a hospital without a NICU. We know moms make the best transport vehicles for our smallest babies, and regionalized care would strengthen connections among providers and facilitate transport processes to make that possible more often.
As we look ahead to the 2016 legislative session, the Prematurity and Infant Mortality Subcommittee is already reviewing drafts of legislation, and we are collaborating with our supporters in the perinatal community to open dialogues around regionalization whenever possible. If you are a healthcare provider, and want to learn more about how regionalized care would affect your patients or facility, let us know—we welcome the opportunity to visit your community and discuss how providers across the state can work together to give every mom and baby the right care, at the right time, in the right place. Thank you for your support, and we hope that you will continue to follow our progress to implementing Perinatal Regionalization in Missouri in 2016.