Meetings and Upcoming Events

TeamBirth 2022 New England Recruitment Webinars

Date: August 18th, 2022 at 7:30am ET

Register HERE!

Date: August 26th, 2022 at 7:30am ET

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Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

We are pleased to share that Ariadne Labs’ Delivery Decisions Initiative is partnering with PNQIN of Massachusetts to ensure safe and dignified birth for all. This project is financially supported by Point32Health.

We are recruiting and leading an 18-month collaboration with birthing hospitals in New England to address disparities in childbirth experiences and reduce inequities in maternal and neonatal outcomes across the region. We are recruiting a collaborative of 8-10 hospitals to implement TeamBirth - a care process innovation that centers shared decision-making and transparency for the birthing person, and promotes effective communication and teamwork across all care team members. Hospital recruitment and implementation will begin in the Fall of 2022.


We invite you to join one of our upcoming webinars to learn more about how your hospital system can be involved in this exciting opportunity to expand TeamBirth across New England!


If you have any questions, please reach out to Lindsey Renner, We thank you for your time.

Wrap-Up Webinar: PNQIN Perinatal COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative

Date: September 13th, 2022 from 12:00-1:00pm ET

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register HERE!


We hope you will join to hear about the successes and challenges of our year-long COVID-19 perinatal vaccination initiative! We are excited to share the following agenda:

Draft Agenda:

  • 12:00: Welcome & Review of 3 Initiative Goals

  • 12:05: Update on MDPH Pregnancy COVID data

  • 12:15: Summary of Aim 1: Provider Training

  • 12:20: Summary of Aim 2: Hospital Needs Assessment pre/post data

  • 12:25: Aim 2: Hospital Successes 

  • 12:35: Summary of Aim 3: Community partnerships and events

  • 12:45: Present PNQIN COVID Provider and Patient Resource Hubs

  • 12:50: Q&A and Closing

PICCK Third Annual Meeting

Date: September 17th, 2022 9:00am-2:00pm ET

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register HERE!


Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK)’s Third Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2022 9am-2:00pm ET! Join us to hear from speakers in the OB/GYN field from across the country and PICCK’s Community Advisory Board on topics such as IUD self-removal, Phexxi, complex cases in contraception, and more!


We have exciting, fast-paced, 15-30 minute sessions planned. CME/CNE credit is available, and the event is free to attend.


Keynote Address delivered by Kelly Blanchard, MSc, President of Ibis Reproductive Health. Her research focuses on improving contraception and abortion technologies, expanding access to and quality of reproductive health services, and documenting the impact of policies on people’s sexual and reproductive health around the world. See the full schedule below and register above!

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PNQIN Maternal Equity Bundle Kickoff

Date: September 27th, 2022 from 12:00-1:30pm ET

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register HERE!


We are thrilled to unveil the Maternal Equity Bundle in Massachusetts! Join us to hear presentations on PNQIN's equity journey thus far, bundle overview and components, and participation logistics.


Agenda and speaker line-up will be released closer to the kickoff date. 

PICCK Fall 2022 Webinar Series

Location: Virtual                                                        Cost: There is no cost for these events                                                       

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Webinar #1: Tools for Patient-Centered Contraceptive Counseling

Date: September 29th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

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Presented by Katharine White, MD, MPH and Natasha Lerner, DrPH(c), MPA. This webinar will showcase tools created by PICCK to assist contraceptive care providers in implementing the principles of patient-centered care within the realities of clinic. Learn PICCK’s mnemonic to assist in quality counseling. Explore a contraceptive decision aid and method information sheets that were designed to meet international standards, promote inclusivity, and support patient-centered care.

Webinar #2: The Pill Talk

Date: October 6th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

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Presented by Bliss Kaneshiro, MD and Divya Dethier, MD. Birth control pills are one of the most common methods of contraception. There are hundreds of pills available on the market. So how do you choose which pill to prescribe? How do you adjust the regimen when patients experience side effects? In this webinar, we will review the different types of birth control pills available focusing on the estrogen and progestin components and dosing, review strategies for selecting a pill, discuss common side effects and review how to adjust the pill regimen accordingly.

Webinar #3: Self-Managed Medication Abortions

Date: November 16th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

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Presented by Liza Fuentes, DrPH. This webinar will provide an overview of the current evidence for the safety and efficacy of self-managed medication abortion. Participants will learn about the legal landscape of abortion access in the United States, the differences between self-managed and clinician-assisted medication abortion, and best practices for referring patients to safe, effective, and legal abortion care.

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

Date: December 13th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Register HERE!

PPresented by Katharine White, MD MPH and CAB co-presenter Dina Fico, MPH. Patients’ autonomy over their reproductive health is threatened more than ever. Providers need to partner with patients to give them the information they need to make the best decisions for their health and their families. Yet contraceptive decision-making is complex, and it can be hard to conduct comprehensive counseling in an already-rushed office encounter. PICCK will give you a new way to approach the counseling visit, along with a framework that ensures that patient preferences are kept at the center.

PNQIN Maternal Equity Bundle Monthly Webinar Series


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!

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MA SPEAK UP Champions Implicit & Explicit Bias Education

Date: December 7th & 14th, 2022 

Time: 8:00am-12:00pm ET, both days

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: This education is free to MA Perinatal Professionals!

Register HERE by November 15th to receive your workbook in time!


Click the date above to view a flyer with detailed agenda for the 2-day training and information on how to complete an Implicit Bias Self-Assessment and pre-training Additional Learning Activities.


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 asocial 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 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.

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.


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!

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