4th Trimester Maternal Health Innovation Project

Family Connects International is partnering with the University of North Carolina’s 4th Trimester Project to learn more about the postpartum experience. This work is part of a larger, federally funded project through the Health Resources and Service Administration to the state of North Carolina, called the Maternal Health Innovation program. This collaboration seeks to identify, design, and test key elements of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Postpartum Toolkit. In 2018 ACOG released a Committee Opinion on postpartum care to reflect the importance of the “fourth trimester” period and to recommend new practices for care. The ACOG Postpartum Toolkit includes 27 different strategies for women, clinics, providers, and health care systems to operationalize the recommended postpartum care.