Our collection of annual reports and publications:
Six Year Progress Report and Call to Action, 2005-2011
Six Year Progress Report and Call To Action: Our Babies Futures Are In Our Hands
Task Force Report
Since its inception, the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium has been charged with providing an annual report of its activities and progress to the Governor. These reports are provided here, along with the original recommendations of the Infant Mortality Task Force, so that anyone with interest can gain insight into the programs and progress of the DHMIC and its subcommittees.
In May 2005, the Infant Mortality Task Force released a report summarizing the state of infant mortality in Delaware. The report outlined 20 recommendations to reduce the incidence of infant mortality and the associated costs for implementation of those recommendations. The report also featured moving personal stories of infants, parents and caregivers dealing with issues related to infant mortality. Finally, the report included names of the original Task Force and committee members.
2013 Annual Report
The full 2013 Annual Report is available for viewing. Following are some of the key accomplishments for the year:
- We’ve adopted and ratified a charter, mission and guiding principles.
- We’ve achieved 100 percent adherence to the 39-week initiative to improve birth outcomes.
- We’ve collaborated on a campaign to promote safe-sleep guidelines with providers, patients and gatekeepers.
- We’ve reported data on neonatal steroid use by for women at 24-34 week gestation
- We’ve committed to 17 Alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate management.
2009 Annual Report
The full 2009 Annual Report is available for viewing. Following are some of the key accomplishments for the year:
- The Family Practice Team Model is an initiative that helps pregnant women learn from experts and other mothers how best to care for themselves and their infants up to two years postpartum. We streamlined services to target the highest-risk women and served 2,264 pregnant women, 94 percent of whom did not experience pregnancy complications.
- We provided access to preconception care — including nutrition and contraception counseling, pregnancy planning and immunizations — to all women of childbearing age with a history of poor birth outcomes. We expanded the program to eight sites statewide and served 9,119 women.
- The prematurity prevention program provides progesterone to women at risk of having a premature baby. Over the past year, the program helped 30 mothers who delivered at Christiana Care avoid premature labor and delivery.
- We provided bilingual services to more than 500 Spanish-speaking clients.
- We developed Reproductive Life Plan toolkits to help teen and adult women set and follow personal goals that will help them achieve healthy pregnancies, when and if desired.
- Through the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review, we identified four areas to focus our efforts — preexisting medical conditions, inadequate or delayed referrals for services, obesity and nutrition, and preterm labor.
- Our Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) reached an average unweighted response rate above 70 percent, enabling us to begin data analysis
2008 Annual Report
The full 2008 Annual Report is available here for viewing. The following statements highlight progress made during the course of FY 2008:
- We’ve listened to and surveyed more than 1,000 women between two and four months postpartum who gave birth in Delaware. Surveys were conducted using the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS).
- We’ve established committees within the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium, each working to reduce infant mortality in Delaware.
- We’ve studied the risk factors for repeat poor birth outcomes to help us better target services and programs for women in Delaware.
- We’ve examined fetal-infant mortality by birth weight and age at death to better focus our fetal and infant mortality prevention efforts.
- We’ve enrolled nearly 15,000 women in our preconception care program — a 231% increase over the previous year.
- We’ve targeted program services to include care for infants and increased participation of pregnant women in Delaware, reaching more than 20% of all pregnant women in the state.
- We’ve created a program to provide services to women most at risk for poor birth outcomes.
2007 Annual Report
The full 2007 Annual Report is available here for viewing. Following are some of the key accomplishments of FY 2007:
- We listened to mothers who had experienced an infant death. Using a national model called the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review, we learned where more interventions were needed.
- We formed a consortium of concerned individuals from the medical, health care and social service fields. Working together, they have spearheaded efforts to lower infant mortality in Delaware.
- We examined data about births in Delaware to learn all we can about women who are at risk to deliver low birth weight babies.
- We enrolled nearly 5,000 women in preconception programs.
- We created the Family Practice Team Model to provide a variety of sources to help women learn what they can do to improve their health before and after giving birth.
- We educated health care workers about at-risk women and the importance of intervention.
- We used the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) to help us target those women most at risk.
2006 Annual Report
The full 2006 Annual Report is available here for viewing. For 2006, the Governor’s office identified eight of the Task Force’s original 20 recommendations as critical to decreasing infant mortality rates. The five targeted for immediate funding were reviewed in detail in the report. They are:
- The establishment of a community-based Family Practice Team Model to target disparity in access to care, specifically among minority and lower-income populations.
- The establishment of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review panel to study all infant and fetal deaths through an assessment of medical charts, hospital discharge records, birth and death certificates, mother and family interviews, and physician and social service interviews.
- The establishment of a statewide Pregnancy Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) based on successful completion of the pilot study initiated in 2005.
- The establishment of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium including approval of bylaws, appointment of membership, election of officials and regular meetings.
- The establishment of the Center for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology to collect, generate and analyze data regarding progress in reducing infant mortality.