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In April 2017, the Society launched its first-ever members only webinar to provide information regarding possible changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This was the first in a series.  Recorded webinars can be viewed below and are exclusively available to SMFM members.  Keep checking back for future topics. Click the webinars below to view them. 

Advocacy Webinar Series

  • SMFM Advocacy Efforts – How to get engaged

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    Speakers: Drs. Sindhu Srinivas and Katie Schubert
    Recorded: July 2019

    Dr. Sindhu Srinivas, Chair of SMFM’s Health Policy & Advocacy Committee and Katie Schubert, SMFM’s Chief Advocacy Officer discuss SMFM’s policy and advocacy agenda and how SMFM members can get involved. 



    Speakers: Drs. Sindhu Srinivas and Katie Schubert
    Recorded: July 2019

    Dr. Sindhu Srinivas, Chair of SMFM’s Health Policy & Advocacy Committee and Katie Schubert, SMFM’s Chief Advocacy Officer discuss SMFM’s policy and advocacy agenda and how SMFM members can get involved. 



  • State Liaison Network Reproductive Health Legislation Webinar

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    This webinar was recorded on: 04/26/19

    Speakers: Drs. Sindhu Srinivas, Clark Johnson, Cara Heuser

    Many states introduced legislation on topics related to reproductive health, maternal mortality review committees, and Medicaid expansion in the 2019 legislative session. Learn more about some of these key bills, and how members of the SMFM State Liaison Network led advocacy efforts to improve the health of high-risk women.

    This webinar was recorded on: 04/26/19

    Speakers: Drs. Sindhu Srinivas, Clark Johnson, Cara Heuser

    Many states introduced legislation on topics related to reproductive health, maternal mortality review committees, and Medicaid expansion in the 2019 legislative session. Learn more about some of these key bills, and how members of the SMFM State Liaison Network led advocacy efforts to improve the health of high-risk women.

  • Patient Safety Bundles

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    What is Council?

    The Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care’s purpose is to reduce harm to patients by fostering:

    • Investigation to better understand the causation of harm
    • Programs and tools to implement patient safety initiatives
    • Education to promote patient safety
    • Dissemination of patient safety information
    • A health care culture of respect, transparency, and accountability

    What is AIM?

    The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) is a national-data driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative based on proven implementation approaches to improving maternal safety and outcomes in the U.S.
    Any U.S. hospital in a participating AIM state or hospital system can join the community. AIM works through state teams and health systems to align national, state, and hospital level quality improvement efforts to improve overall maternal health outcomes.

    What are Patient Safety Bundles: 

    Small sets of evidence-based, independent interventions that when implemented together in an all-or=-none fashio result in significantly improved outcomes compared to when they are implemented individually. (Institute for Healthcare Improvement)

    AIM-Supported Patient Safety Bundles

    A collection of 10-13 best practices for improving safety in maternity care that have been vetted by experts in practice.

    What is Council?

    The Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care’s purpose is to reduce harm to patients by fostering:

    • Investigation to better understand the causation of harm
    • Programs and tools to implement patient safety initiatives
    • Education to promote patient safety
    • Dissemination of patient safety information
    • A health care culture of respect, transparency, and accountability

    What is AIM?

    The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) is a national-data driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative based on proven implementation approaches to improving maternal safety and outcomes in the U.S.
    Any U.S. hospital in a participating AIM state or hospital system can join the community. AIM works through state teams and health systems to align national, state, and hospital level quality improvement efforts to improve overall maternal health outcomes.

    What are Patient Safety Bundles: 

    Small sets of evidence-based, independent interventions that when implemented together in an all-or=-none fashio result in significantly improved outcomes compared to when they are implemented individually. (Institute for Healthcare Improvement)

    AIM-Supported Patient Safety Bundles

    A collection of 10-13 best practices for improving safety in maternity care that have been vetted by experts in practice.

  • Using Registries and Crowdsourcing to Conduct Research with Pregnant and Lactating Women (Part 2)

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This lecture was recorded on 01/29/2019

    January is Birth Defects Prevention month.  Learn more about research conducted with pregnant and postpartum woman via patient registries and a new crowdsourcing tool from NICHD, PregSource. This webinar is 30 minutes in length and features Drs. Christina Chambers and Caroline Signore, and is moderated by Dr. Sarah Obican. It is co-sponsored by the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, the Teratology Society, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and is the second in a two-part series.


    This lecture was recorded on 01/29/2019

    January is Birth Defects Prevention month.  Learn more about research conducted with pregnant and postpartum woman via patient registries and a new crowdsourcing tool from NICHD, PregSource. This webinar is 30 minutes in length and features Drs. Christina Chambers and Caroline Signore, and is moderated by Dr. Sarah Obican. It is co-sponsored by the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, the Teratology Society, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and is the second in a two-part series.


  • Current and Future Trends in Research with Pregnant and Lactating Women (Part 1)

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    This lecture was recorded on 01/17/2019

    January is Birth Defects Prevention month.  Learn more about research that is currently conducted with pregnant women and opportunities for future expansion in a 30 minute webinar with Drs. Bob Silver and Cathy Spong, which is moderated by Dr. Sarah Obican. This webinar is the first in a two-part series and is co-sponsored by the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, the Teratology Society, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

    This lecture was recorded on 01/17/2019

    January is Birth Defects Prevention month.  Learn more about research that is currently conducted with pregnant women and opportunities for future expansion in a 30 minute webinar with Drs. Bob Silver and Cathy Spong, which is moderated by Dr. Sarah Obican. This webinar is the first in a two-part series and is co-sponsored by the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, the Teratology Society, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

  • Patient Safety and Quality Improvement for MFMs and High-Risk Patients

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Speaker: Drs. Christian Pettker and Andrew Combs
    Recorded: August 2018

    SMFM’s Patient Safety & Quality Committee (PSQC) Chair Dr. Christian Pettker and Vice Chair Dr. Andrew Combs discuss the work of the PSQC and how SMFM members can get involved. 


    Speaker: Drs. Christian Pettker and Andrew Combs
    Recorded: August 2018

    SMFM’s Patient Safety & Quality Committee (PSQC) Chair Dr. Christian Pettker and Vice Chair Dr. Andrew Combs discuss the work of the PSQC and how SMFM members can get involved. 


  • Making the Most of Your August Recess

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    State Liaison Network is launching the annual August recess toolkit, including an update on maternal mortality legislation, discussion of the current environment surrounding Title X funding, and some best practices for advocating at the state level.

    State Liaison Network is launching the annual August recess toolkit, including an update on maternal mortality legislation, discussion of the current environment surrounding Title X funding, and some best practices for advocating at the state level.

  • SMFM Advocacy Agenda Webinar

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    Learn about SMFM's advocacy priorities. 

    Learn about SMFM's advocacy priorities. 

  • SMFM Webinar Series: Ethical Inclusion of Pregnant Women in Research

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    This lecture was recorded on 12/7/2011
    Speaker: Anne Drapkin

    1. Background of the knowledge gaps and problems of including pregnant women in research
    2. Grounds for inclusion of pregnant women in research (effective treatment fetal safety reticence justice)
    3. Scientific legal ethical and cultural challenges to including pregnant women in research
    4. Ways to move forward with pregnant women in research through research design legislation and policy change

    This lecture was recorded on 12/7/2011
    Speaker: Anne Drapkin

    1. Background of the knowledge gaps and problems of including pregnant women in research
    2. Grounds for inclusion of pregnant women in research (effective treatment fetal safety reticence justice)
    3. Scientific legal ethical and cultural challenges to including pregnant women in research
    4. Ways to move forward with pregnant women in research through research design legislation and policy change