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Prenatal and Postpartum Care

You are expected to meet the standards, follow clinical practice guideline, and you are evaluated against six, evidence-based core measures that have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum.

This certification focuses on improving perinatal outcomes for mothers and newborns who have been assessed as "clinically uncomplicated."


Organizations that monitor and adhere to perinatal care core measures are more likely to demonstrate the following improvements:

  • Reduction in infant mortality rates
  • Reduction in maternal complications and mortality
  • Reduction of unnecessary induction of labor
  • Reduction of elective deliveries that can lead to an increase in admission rates to the neonatal intensive care unit
  • Reduction of complications during deliveries
  • Reduction of prematurity rates that can lead to infant mortality
  • Reduction in costs associated with lengthy hospital stays due to pregnancy related complications

What It Takes to Be Certified

Organizations seeking perinatal care certification must meet a few basic requirements:

  • Your institution must be accredited by The Joint Commission
  • You must comply with the core measures regardless of your program’s size and delivery rates

Performance Measurement

Joint Commission-certified programs and organizations seeking initial certification are required to adopt a set of standardized performance measures. Organizations collect monthly data for each measure in the set. The data is then submitted quarterly to The Joint Commission.

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Your organization is already committed to providing patient-centered care. Why not raise the bar?

Perinatal care certification will strengthen your processes and reinforce your ongoing performance improvement efforts — to the benefit of your tiniest patients and their mothers.