Maryland Patient Safety Center

Perinatal & Neonatal Safety Resources


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The Maryland Patient Safety Center has built a library of patient education resources. Here you will find videos, handouts, and quick references on urgent maternal warnings, self-advocacy in maternal health and follow up after obstetric complications.

If you are looking to improve safety practices and reduce adverse events on the  perinatal and neonatal units, The Maryland Patient Safety Center offers a wide variety of resources which support your teams perinatal and neonatal quality and safety goals. 

Perinatal and Neonatal Safety Webinar Series: Education to support your team in addressing foundational issues related to perinatal and neonatal quality and safety including safe staffing standards, team work and communication, fetal heart rate monitoring, documentation and liability in the perinatal space register here 


Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ) : Looking to better understand the strengths of your team and opportunities to further build a culture of safety on your unit? Consider administering the SAQ. The SAQ can be used to assess the domains of teamwork climate, safety climate, perceptions of management (unit and hospital), job satisfaction, working conditions, and stress recognition. MPSC will create an individualized survey link which can be electronically sent to your team, and completed in approximately 5 minutes. Detailed unit based analysis will be completed and scores provided for each question and subscale. In addition to the details analysis, you will be provided with recommendations and resources based your results so that you have clear next steps further develop the safety culture on your unit.


Perinatal Neonatal Specific Safe Tables: Safe tables are forums where healthcare professionals can discuss patient safety experiences, best practices and learn from experts and each other. The setting provides a confidential, legally protected environment that allows healthcare professionals to discuss difficult topics. During these safe tables we will specifically discuss maternal and neonatal topics.


TeamSTEPPS® Courses: Failure in communication and teamwork among interdisciplinary teams contributes to many adverse events in obstetrical and neonatal settings. TeamSTEPPS® is “an evidence-based teamwork system to improve communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals”. MPSC offers various TeamSTEPPS® courses including a Master Trainer course which will allow you to train a core group of educators/nurses/physicians on your unit so that they can bring the critical TeamSTEPPS® communication techniques back to the team.


Perinatal Specific Quality and Safety Proactive Risk Assessment and Consultation: MPSC will provide site specific consultation to assist perinatal units in identifying opportunities to improve and to build quality and safety structures which support proactive identification of opportunities to build safer and highly reliably systems of perinatal care provision.


Perinatal/Neonatal Quality and Safety Fellowship: The Maryland Patient Safety Center, under their direction of their Director of Perinatal and Neonatal Quality and Patient Safety is offering a yearlong Perinatal Quality and Safety fellowship. The Fellowship will help participating individuals design, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a perinatal quality improvement project aimed at improving outcomes and reducing disparities at their site.

The Maryland Patient Safety Center is partnering with Count the Kicks, an evidence-based stillbirth prevention program, to educate expectant parents in Maryland about the importance of tracking a baby’s movements daily in the third trimester of pregnancy. Stillbirth is a national public health crisis that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For Maryland families, 1 in every 144 pregnancies end in stillbirth and families in the state are 6.5 times more likely to lose a baby to stillbirth than to SIDS.  ORDER FREE PATIENT EDUCATION MATERIALS sponsored by the Maryland Patient Safety Center and learn more on our Patient Education page.

Learn how to engage in the Kick Counting conversation with your patients and guide them is downloading and using the FREE Count the Kicks app today!

Webinar Recording: Introduction to Count the Kicks


Adriane Burgess, PhD, RNC-OB, C-ONQS
Director of Perinatal and Neonatal
Quality and Safety