Community-based nurse midwifery services are available in medically underserved areas of Detroit Wayne County through an innovative agreement between the Wayne State University Physician Group Midwifery Program and Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. The program, scheduled to begin on Dec. 1, 2014, will be housed under the newly-developed Authority Health Professional Services Corporation.
Under terms of the agreement, four certified nurse midwives will provide comprehensive maternal wellness services, including prenatal, labor and delivery, gynecologic, and postpartum care. The will contact pregnant and parenting women about the availability of Medicaid services, including referral to family planning and well-baby programs and services. Key outcomes for this program include:
- Improved pregnancy outcomes and reduced health care costs
- Reduced infant mortality rate for African American women in Detroit and Wayne County
- Sustainable, high quality, highly collaborative model of antenatal, intra-partum, and post-partum care that will be replicable in other high risk areas of the country
- Increased awareness of Medicaid services among eligible or potentially eligible people in the community.
This program serves as a breakthrough in directly impacting infant mortality and maternal health through nurse midwives trained for community-based maternal health services. The midwifery program, in concert with our Nurse-Family Partnership, creates a much-needed boost in maternal health for Detroit, and eventually throughout Wayne County. Wayne State University initiated nurse midwifery to the area and remains a leading provider of nurse midwifery care.