Avery wins grant to support midwifery, OB-GYN care improvements

October 2, 2018

Professors Melissa Avery and Professor Phillip Rauk
School of Nursing Professor Melissa Avery and Medical School Professor Phillip Rauk

The Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care selected the University of Minnesota as its first place submission for the National Improvement Challenge on Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Birth.

School of Nursing Professor Melissa Avery, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, who leads the Doctor of Nursing Practice specialty in nurse-midwifery, and Professor Phillip Rauk, associate OB-GYN residency director at the Medical School, collaborated on the submission. Residents and midwifery students will complete quality improvement projects related to fetal heart rate assessment during labor at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital with the award.

The review committee said their work has the potential to be very impactful and appreciated that the project involves broad, multidisciplinary stakeholder engagement and strong methodology.

The partnership builds on Avery and Rauk’s work to create curriculum that prepares new nurse-midwives and OB-GYN physicians to work together in ways that complement each profession’s strengths.