Quality Management Program
As a mother or family member you are in a position to have interactions with Licensed Midwives (LMs) providing primary maternity care in your community. As you may know, LMs are licensed to provide prenatal and postpartum care as well as intrapartum care. Most LMs attend births at homes and in freestanding birth centers though a few also have hospital privileges. The Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS) is aware that some consumers or their families may have concerns about the care provided by an LM who is also a MAWS member. For that reason, we would like to make you aware of our Quality Management Program as well as our state sanctioned and approved Incident Review Process.
All of our professional members are required to self-report incidents that meet the following “Sentinel Event” criteria for review:
- Maternal Mortality
- Perinatal Mortality
- Maternal Shock
- Uterine Rupture
- Maternal/Neonatal Seizure
- Uterine Inversion
- NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) or Special Care Nursery admissions within 72 hours of birth (except for observation/congenital anomalies)
Any provider, facility, family member, or patient may also file a complaint against one of our midwives to the Quality Management Program (QMP). Once a complaint is received, the QMP Committee reviews the information and begins a review if the case meets criteria for investigation. Review panels are convened and the findings are reported back to the MAWS QMP committee. If any laws have been broken we are obligated to notify the Department of Health.
As a statewide midwifery organization, we appreciate your feedback in order to identify practice trends or any gaps in education. We organize bi-annual continuing education conferences for our members based partly on incident and Peer Review data. MAWS members are committed to the continuous improvement of maternity care services in Washington State.
The MAWS Quality Management Program Committee