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Meetings and Upcoming Events

Vermont ACNM March Workshops

The Vermont ACNM presents two in-person workshops with Brittany Sharpe McCollum, CCE(BWI), CD(DONA), CLC and Perinatal Pelvic Biomechanics Educator. Continuing education credits are available!

Pelvic Shape, Fetal Positioning, and Obstetrical Bias

Date: March 11, 2023

Time: 9am - 6pm EST

Location: Middlebury, VT

Cost: $125-150

Join Brittany Sharpe McCollum in a deep dive into the history of obstetrics and the role that pelvic classification, the theory of optimal fetal positioning, and scientific racism have played in perpetuating bias and contributing to increased intervention in childbirth through the modern day. This workshop takes participants on a journey through an obstetrical timeline, exploring and deconstructing the myths surrounding “ideal birthing hips,” “optimal fetal positioning,” x-ray and manual pelvimetry, and posterior babies. Brittany utilizes historical texts, anthropological studies, obstetrical theories and practice, and the foundation of pelvic biomechanics in an interdisciplinary research-based approach to understanding where these theories began and how they continue to infiltrate childbearing care to this day. This timeline-based approach leads to the understanding of how inaccuracy and naivety filled in a predetermined narrative that shaped bias against certain birthing people and certain fetal positions in modern day obstetrics and midwifery. Bias against posterior fetal positioning is deconstructed and reassembled using up to date research, leaving participants with the tools, skills, and knowledge to support posterior babies in healthy vaginal births.

Creating Space: Pelvic Dynamics and Fetal Positioning for Efficient Birth

Date: March 12, 2023

Time: 9am - 5pm EST

Location: Burlington, VT

Cost: $100-125

Intended Audience: birth support professionals- doulas, midwives, obstetricians, nurses, childbirth educators, chiropractors, massage therapists - both new and experienced

Discussion begins with understanding pelvic anatomy from the bony structure to the pelvic floor. From there, we move into similarities and differences in pelvic shape and the biomechanical laws of movement. Discussion shifts to the role of the baby in navigating the pelvis and the various positions and presentations babies assume to make their way down and out. Current research on pelvic shape and the false theory of optimal fetal positioning is explored and reframed for an evidence-based perspective on labor progress and position-related labor stalls. Common myths surrounding pelvic shape and fetal positioning are debunked through research-based exploration and evidence based resources. ​An in-depth discussion and hands-on practice of positions for facilitating optimal positioning of the baby - pelvis-dependent - and encouraging descent and rotation through all stages and phases of labor provides birth workers with insight and tools for working with clients to reduce interventions and the risk of cesarean sections. Participants will leave feeling inspired, knowledgeable, and full of information to start sharing with clients right away!

AIM/NICHQ Quality Improvement Community of Learning

Date:  Cohort 1: 

  • January 31st 1-3pm EST

  • Febuary 21st 1-3pm EST

  • April 3rd 2-4pm EST

  • May 1st 2-4pm EST 

Registration: Cohort 1 - closes January 6th

                               Cohort 2 -  opens from April 12th-May 5th


Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Intended Audience: states and teams currently involved with AIM or interested in working with AIM

The Quality Improvement (QI) Community of Learning (COL) is a learning series to develop foundational knowledge and skills for professionals engaged with Perinatal Quality Collaboratives and other state-or hospital-based QI teams who are new to QI. The 2023 QI COL will run twice (beginning in January and May) and will provide participants with the opportunity to apply QI principles to their existing projects. Including topics on QI foundations, using the PDSA cycle, using and collecting data for learning and improvement and sustaining improvement.

Cohort 2: 

  • May 25th 2-4pm EST

  • June 12th 2-4pm EST

  • July 10th 2-4pm EST

  • August 21st 2-4pm EST

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PNQIN Maternal Equity Bundle Monthly Webinar Series

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October 18th, 2022; November 15th, 2022; December 20th, 2022;

January 17th, 2023; February 21st, 2023; March 21st, 2023; 

April 18th, 2023; May 16th, 2023; June 20th, 2023; July 18th, 2023;

August 15th, 2023; September 19th, 2023

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register for the series HERE!


The Equity Bundle Monthly Webinar Series will occur on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 12:00-1:00pm ET. Join us to hear presentations from PNQIN and guest speakers about the bundle measures, equity tools and best practices, and watch the evolution of participating hospital aggregate data! 

**Please email Kali Vitek at for the access password to recorded webinars!**

MA SPEAK UP Ambassador Implicit & Explicit Bias Education

Date: April 27th OR May 25th, 2023from 8:30am-2:30pm ET 

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: This education is free to MA Perinatal Professionals

Pre-requisites: must have completed SPEAK UP Champions training

In the SPEAK UP Champion™ Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias Education you learned foundational concepts such as the types of racism; historical events and their implications for health equity; social determinants of health, and quality improvement science basics. The SPEAK UP Ambassador Course is the next step on the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement’s SPEAK UP Action Pathway challenging participants to enhance their SPEAK UP Action Plans by engaging in deeper discussions and learning regarding how to mitigate the lingering effects of racism to improve Black maternal outcomes.

During this day-long interactive session, participants will expand their expertise in how to become allies and leaders working to dismantle racism with the overarching goal of providing equitable care and eliminating health disparities using quality improvement methods and tools. The SPEAK UP Ambassador™ Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias is a virtual education event offered on one day for six hours via Zoom. Attendance for the entire day is mandatory. 

Continuing Education Credits are available!

MA SPEAK UP Champions Implicit & Explicit Bias Education


Date: May 3rd & 10th  2023 from 8:30am-12:30pm ET (both days)​ 

Time: 8:00am-12:00pm ET, both days

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: This education is free to MA Perinatal Professionals!

In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, PNQIN is proud and excited to support this educational training from the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement. "The SPEAK UP CHampions Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias education is 8 hours of live virtual interactive learning that outlines quality improvement strategies to support individuals and groups with dismantling racism, providing quality equitable care, and reducing health disparities."

Target Audience: Healthcare professionals in Massachusetts who support and care for patients before, during, and after pregnancy or professionals that care for newborns. 

Training Objectives:

  1. Background Knowledge: Describe factors that contribute to perinatal disparities based on a social justice framework.

  2. Improvement Science: Outline quality improvement strategies and tactics for eliminating implicit and explicit bias when caring for women before, during, and after pregnancy.

  3. Action Plan: Develop a quality improvement action plan for ensuring equity in perinatal outcomes.

Continuing Education Credits are available!

PNQIN MA SPEAK UP Equity Webinar Series


The four birth equity goals include: 

  1. By (date), (site) will form an equity committee that will create and publicly release an anti-racism statement that includes the four A’s (acknowledge, analyze, action, accountability) to ensure racial equity in maternal health. 
  2. By (date), (site) will use race/ethnicity in data review to ensure racial equity in maternal health; specifically confirm race and ethnicity is accurately captured in medical records, review all L&D data (unit initiative data) stratifying by race/ethnicity, and create process to capture if race/ethnicity contributed to SMM during case review.

  3. By (date), (site) will implement tools to apply a racial equity lens to debrief OB emergencies with teams and families. 

  4. By (date), (site) will ensure that maternal care standards are met from a racial birth equity perspective.

The Institute of Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) SPEAK UP Against Racial Bias Program is partnering with Massachusetts (MA) Department of Public Health and Perinatal Neonatal Quality Improvement Network of MA (PNQIN) to support MA perinatal facilities to accomplish birth equity focused goals aimed at providing high quality, respectful and equitable care to all birthing people.


The strategy includes four PNQIN MA SPEAK UP Equity Webinars. Each facility will be supported to use a quality improvement approach to accomplish at least one of the four birth equity focused goals. Leaders from participating facilities will receive webinar education, birth equity support, and peer-to-peer collaboration. These perinatal hospital and organizational leaders can also sign-up to receive technical support coaching sessions with health equity experts. 

Webinar #1 (Jan 2022): Creating Anti-Racism Statements for Perinatal Facilities

Click HERE to access webinar archive.

​​​Webinar #2 (Feb 2022): Improving Data Collection and Review Process by Race/Ethnicity

Click HERE to access webinar archive.


Webinar #3 (April 2022): Performing Team and Family Debriefs from a Racial/Equity Lens

Click HERE to access webinar archive.

Webinar #4 (May 2022): Ensuring Maternal Care Standards are Met for Birth Equity

Click HERE to access webinar archive.

Past Events

Please bear with us as we update this section with links to event recordings and/or slides. 

If no materials or information links are available, feel free to email and we will find what we can for you!


March of Dimes Vaccine Campaign: Stakeholder Briefing (December 13th, 2022)

Millions of babies and children are behind on their immunizations. March of Dimes is leaning efforts to close the vaccine gap and in doing so hold virtual Stakeholder Briefings to share more information and next steps.  Click here to view the recording

PICCK Fall Webinar Series (Fall 2022)

Webinar #1: Tools for Patient-Centered Contraceptive Counseling - Click here to view the recording 

Webinar #2: The Pill Talk - Click here to view the recording

Webinar #3: Self-Managed Medication Abortions - Click here to view the recording

Webinar #4: Public Health vs Private Lives: A Patient-Centered Approach to Contraceptive Care - recording to come

PNQIN Perinatal COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative Wrap-Up Webinar (September 13th, 2022)

We were so excited to share the successes and challenges of our year-long COVID-19 perinatal vaccination initiative with our PNQIN network. We reviewed the initiative goals, heard a MDPH update on pregnancy COVID data, summarized our activities, presented our existing resources, and answered questions. 

Click the following link to view the webinar recording!

PNQIN Maternal Initiatives Update (May 17th, 2022)

PNQIN is thrilled to formally share updates on our many maternal initiatives with our hospital teams and partners for the first time since June 2020! In this packed 2-hour event, we had our project leads describe the current state of AIM bundles (Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy, Obstetric Hemorrhage, Severe Hypertension, and Equity), Levels of Maternal Care, and Perinatal COVID-19 Vaccination. 

The Zoom recording and presentation slides are available on a password-protected page on our website. Please email Kali Vitek at for the access password!



PNQIN Perinatal COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative Kickoff (October 12th, 2021)

PNQIN has received additional CDC funding to engage hospitals, stakeholders, and educational platforms to improve provider capacity, protocol implementation and clinical-community care linkages for equitable delivery of Covid-19 vaccines to pregnant and postpartum people. 

Click the links to view the webinar recording and PDF of the presentation slides!

MA Levels of Maternal Care Webinar #3 (October 12th, 2021)

This third and final webinar for the MA Levels of Maternal Care Initiative will review statewide LOCATe survey and Equity results and offer the opportunity for participating hospitals to ask questions about their survey responses and individual level designations. 

Click here to view the webinar recording; a PDF of the presentation slides will be available soon!


  1. Review statewide LOCATe and Equity results with participating hospitals.

  2. Provide an opportunity for participating hospitals to ask questions and engage in discussion about survey results, upcoming individualized reports, and the future of LoMC in Massachusetts.

  3. Share PNQIN's next steps for LoMC and offer follow-up conversation/coaching after final report distribution.

PNQIN Perinatal Opioid Project, Spring 2021 Summit: Improving Care of Perinatal Opioid Use

June 15th & 16th, 2021

Visit the PNQIN website HERE to view the event details, including session recordings, presentation slides, and resources from our speakers and hospital teams.


Birth Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Virtual Town Hall (June 3rd, 2021)

In collaboration with the MA COVID-19 Maternal Equity Coalition and the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, we are pleased to announce a virtual town hall featuring several speakers with lived experience giving birth during COVID-19. 

Promoting Quality and Equity to Make Birth Safer for All: A PQC Story (June 3rd, 2021)

Part of the PICCK Spring 2021 webinar series!

Presented by Audra Meadows, MD, MPH. Rising rates of severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality in the US are alarming. Stark racial disparities exist and persist. In partnership with clinical providers, public health professionals, and families, the perinatal quality collaborative (PQC) for Massachusetts is working to eliminate preventable maternal morbidity/mortality and the racial difference. PQCs are uniquely positioned to promote data-driven, quality improvement through an equity lens to make birth safer for all.

Massachusetts AIM OB Hemorrhage Bundle Kickoff (May 11th, 2021)

This event feature PNQIN updates and a Call to Action around obstetric hemorrhage, an AIM Hospital Champion story, and participation logistics for AIM OB Hemorrhage bundle implementation starting in June 2021.


The Zoom recording and presentation slides are available on a password-protected page on our website. Please email Kali Vitek at for the access password!

PQI Champions Free Webinar featuring Dr. Audra Meadows (April 8th, 2021)

This is a FREE PQI Champions Webinar: QI Lessons from Implementing Group Prenatal Care from Audra Meadows, MD, MPH, our PNQIN Co-Chair.  Dr. Meadows is a birth optimizer and cares for people before, during, and after pregnancy to ensure positive pregnancy and birth experiences. She teaches medical students, residents, and fellows and devotes time to prenatal care practice innovation and advocacy.

Visit the PQI website to view the recording!

PNQIN Levels of Maternal Care: Informational Webinar #2 (March 2nd, 2021)

This is the second of three webinars that reviewed the LOCATe tool and featured a Q&A panel to help answer questions about survey completion. ​You can also visit the PNQIN Levels of Maternal Care webpage for more information.

Click the following links to view the webinar recording and presentation slides.

PNQIN Levels of Maternal Care: Informational Webinar #1 (February 9th, 2021)

PNQIN is leading an initiative to implement the CDC Levels of Maternal Care in Massachusetts. This involves the use of the CDC Levels of Care Assessment Tool (LOCATe). Your hospitals will receive additional information about this initiative via email in the following days. This is the first of three webinars that explained the Levels of Maternal Care initiative and use of the LOCATe tool. ​


Click the following links to view the webinar recording and presentation slides

COVID-19 Response Updates

Due to the recent university and health system policies regarding COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the summit previously scheduled for April 8, 2020, 8:30 am-12:30 pm. The health of our attendees, speakers, staff, and the general public is our priority.

PNQIN Perinatal Opioid Project (POP) Spring 2020 Summit 

In accordance with state and federal recommendations, to help protect the health of our community and our patients, the PNQIN Perinatal Opioid Project summit scheduled for May 13, 2020 is CANCELLED. Click HERE for more information.

PNQIN MPQC and the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety for  COVID-19 and Pregnancy in Massachusetts: A Virtual Town Hall  

Tuesdays at 12pm ET, April-June 2020. Click HERE to view the Town Hall Archives.

Click HERE for more information and for COVID-19 Resources​​​​​​​

MPQC Spring 2020 Summit 

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