Meetings and Upcoming Events

PNQIN Maternal Initiatives Updates

Date: May 17th, 2022 from 12:00-2:00pm ET

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register HERE!

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! Please join us to learn about 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!

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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: Creating Anti-Racism Statements for Perinatal Facilities

Date: January 12th, 2022 from 11:00am – 12:00pm EST

Click HERE to access webinar archive.

​​​Webinar #2: Improving Data Collection and Review Process by Race/Ethnicity

Date: February 2nd, 2022 from 11:00am – 12:00pm EST

Click HERE to access webinar archive.


Webinar #3: Performing Team and Family Debriefs from a Racial/Equity Lens

Date: April 6th, 2022 from 11:00am – 12:00pm EST

Click HERE to access webinar archive.

Webinar #4: Ensuring Maternal Care Standards are Met for Birth Equity

Date: May 4th, 2022 from 11:00am – 12:00pm EST

Register HERE!

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.


PICCK Spring 2022 Webinar Series

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

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Webinar #5: Contraception During Perimenopause

Date: May 26th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Register HERE!

Presented by Mike Thomas, MD. Perimenopause is the time period in a patient’s reproductive life just prior to the complete cessation of menses. During this time, premenopausal patients may experience symptoms as a result of changes in hormones, yet are still at risk for pregnancy. This webinar will explore the considerations for contraceptive counseling with patients at this time in their lives. We will also discuss how hormonal contraception can provide perimenopause symptom relief.

Webinar #6: Bleeding and Contraception: Friends or Foes

Date: June 23rd, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Register HERE!

Presented by Paula Castaño, MD, MPH. Abnormal uterine bleeding can often be managed by hormonal contraception. At the same time, bleeding changes are common side effects of most contraceptive methods. Learn about how to use contraception to manage abnormal uterine bleeding, and how to manage unfavorable bleeding for patients using combination oral contraceptive pills, progestin-only pills, medroxyprogesterone acetate injections, intrauterine devices, and subdermal levonorgestrel implants.

Fall Webinar: Tools for Patient-Centered Contraceptive Counseling

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

Register HERE!

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.

PICCK Third Annual Meeting

Date: September 17th, 2022 from 9:00am - 1:30pm EST

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register HERE!

Please save the date for Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK)’s Third Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM EST (approximately, timed agenda coming soon)! Join us to hear from speakers in the OB/GYN-field from across the country and PICCK’s Community Advisory Board. CME/CNE credit is available and the event is free to attend.

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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 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. 

Stay tuned for the recording!

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