South Carolina is currently one of many states putting an increased focus on issues that negatively affect maternal and child health. In South Carolina, these efforts are being spearheaded through the SC Birth Outcomes Initiative (BOI). The BOI is a collaboration of the SC Department of Health and Human Services, SC Hospital Association, March of Dimes, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC and more than 100 stakeholders who together share the goal of improving health outcomes for newborns not only in the Medicaid program but throughout the state’s population.
Some of their goals include:
- eliminating elective inductions for non-medically indicated deliveries prior to 39 weeks;
- reducing the number of neonatal intensive care unit admissions (NICU);
- preventing pre-term births by making 17P available to all at-risk pregnant women;
- implementing a universal screening and referral tool (SBIRT) to screen pregnant women during pregnancy and after delivery; and
- promoting Baby-Friendly certified hospitals and breastfeeding.
Additional areas of focus have included supporting the CenteringPregnancy® Model, inpatient insertion of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), innovative program development for the management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the Level I nursery, and most recently, the reduction of cesarean sections for first-time, low-risk mothers.
To read more about the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative, visit SC DHHS.