AKPQC Birth Transfer Initiative

AKPQC Birth Transfer Initiative

The Alaska Perinatal Quality Collaborative is convening a multidisciplinary advisory committee to plan an initiative focused on improving maternal and neonatal transfers from planned community (home and birth center) births. Alaska has the highest proportion of community births in the United States and studies suggest that birth outcomes are improved when community birth providers are integrated into the health care system with access to consultation and efficient transfers when escalation of care is needed.

This initiative was adapted with permission from Smooth Transitions, a quality improvement program at the Foundation for Health Care Quality in Washington State. Activities will include the development of local transfer committees to improve collaboration and address systems issues, establishment of standardized transfer protocols and forms, and promotion of protected case reviews that include the transferring provider/practice so that all parties have an opportunity to learn and improve the transfer process.


Stay tuned to this webpage for more information and initiative resources.

Contact Katy Krings at [email protected] or 907-269-3418 for more information.