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The Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis co-hosted the virtual panel, “COVID-19 Momentum for Better Maternal Health Care,” on Thursday, December 3rd from 12 – 1pm ET. 

Panelists include people who gave birth during the pandemic, people who cared for them, and professional leaders who will share insights on how to extract broader lessons from the white paper as our health system anticipates an acute third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our moderators were:

  • Neel Shah, MD, MPP – Director of Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs 
  • Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN – Professor and Dean Emerita Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California, Davis; National Director, Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators

Our panelists were:

  • Betty Janey, MSW – Mother of two who gave birth early on during the pandemic
  • Rose Horton, MSM, RN, NEA-BC – Executive Director of Women and Infant Services at Emory Decatur Hospital
  • Judette Louis, MD, MPH – Professor and Chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida; President of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine

Full Panel Video

Clips from the Panel

The following five clips represent compilations of comments from panelists organized around five themes that emerged during the discussion: the most important lesson from the white paper, the importance of consulting the community in this work, an emphasis on building trust, an emphasis on promoting equity, and the need to maintain momentum.

“Most Important Lesson”

“Consulting the Community”

“Building Trust”

“Promoting Equity”

“Maintaining Momentum”

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