Maternity Neighborhood and The Dartmouth Institute Team Up to Get Pregnant Women and their Care Providers the Information They Need

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Maternity Neighborhood and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice are teaming up to make it easier for women to get better, more relevant health information during pregnancy.

Founded in 2010 by C.E.O. Brynne Potter, a midwife with 20 years of clinical experience, Maternity Neighborhood develops digital tools designed to strengthen communication between women and their care providers. These tools help women to research care options, engage in shared decision making, and to get their questions answered on a wide variety of topics from nutrition to smoking cessation. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice is a national leader in the science of health care delivery and is at the forefront of research on shared decision making. Their partnership will focus on refining Maternity Neighborhood's existing suite of tools and determining more effective ways for health systems to implement personalized, patient-centered engagement strategies in their maternity services.

"We are extremely excited to be working with the team at The Dartmouth Institute to define and evaluate meaningful measures for engagement and shared decision making in maternity care," Potter said.  "We see their input as critical in helping develop standards that will provide a clearer picture of patient-centered care and how it impacts maternity outcomes."  

Despite remarkable gains in maternal-child health in the past several decades, there is still a dearth of information surrounding what care actually impacts maternity outcomes in the United States. According to Potter, this information gap is best evidenced by the fact that while the U.S. spends more per birth than any other country in the world, Save the Children's 16th Annual State of The World's Mothers' report ranks the U.S. 61st in overall outcomes.  

"When it comes to maternity care, there is no denying that we do not do a good job of measuring outcomes and adjusting to our finding," Dartmouth Institute Director Dr. Elliott Fisher said.  "Through our collaboration with Maternity Neighborhood, we hope to develop tools that will allow care providers to better measure maternity health outcomes and, as a result, improve the health of mothers and children throughout the U.S."

Maternity Neighborhood, Inc., is a digital health company that has built a family of connected tools that integrate into the clinical workflows of maternity care providers, support high-quality woman-centered care, and that encourage patient engagement. The tools allow individualized, relationship-based care and shared decision making while creating a more efficient experience for providers and patients. On the back-end, the platform collects the data that will facilitate analysis leading to  better outcomes. The Maternity Neighborhood platform is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that also offers research and co-branding opportunities for strategic partners in maternity care.

Since 1988, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice has been working to find solutions to some of the most challenging problems in health care delivery. The Institute's goal is to help create an affordable, high-performing health system for everyone.

For more information about Maternity Care visit: maternityneighborhood.com

For more information about The Dartmouth Institute visit: tdi.dartmouth.edu

Media Contact: Vince Hockett, Maternity Neighborhood, 434-533-0338, vince@maternityneighborhood.com

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