The Burke Foundation Announces the Launch of the New Jersey Maternal Infant Health Hub in Collaboration with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
We are delighted to announce the launch of the New Jersey Maternal Infant Health (MIH) Hub, in collaboration with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. The MIH Hub will develop actionable strategies to uplift midwifery practice in New Jersey and diversify the midwifery workforce. To determine priorities and oversee the work, we are seeking applicants to join the MIH Hub Advisory Board.
Midwife-led care is a holistic, patient-centered model associated with improved outcomes across 50 maternal and infant health indicators, including higher exclusive breastfeeding rates, lower mortality and morbidity rates, and fewer unnecessary medical interventions. Despite these benefits, access to midwifery services remains limited, and fewer than 10% of New Jersey births are attended by a midwife. By launching the MIH Hub, we hope to strengthen midwifery practice and promote birth equity and justice in New Jersey.
The 12-member MIH Hub Board will represent a diverse group of stakeholders who will be instrumental in determining the main focus areas for implementing policy change. We are looking specifically for midwives and midwifery students to apply. The MIH Hub Board will support and strengthen midwifery in New Jersey by assessing midwifery practice, promoting equitable prenatal and postpartum care, and improving birthing care throughout NJ.
Applications are due October 14. Please share this opportunity with your networks and anyone interested in supporting the work of New Jersey midwives. If you have any questions, reach out to Armonie Pierre-Jacques, Community Health and Policy Associate at the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, at email@example.com.