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IPHI Improving Maternity Care in California
Sacramento Briefing
Wednesday, October 1
12:00 – 1: 30 PM CSAC Conference Center
1020 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

In the last 15 years, California has seen worrisome increases in death rates for mothers in childbirth and in the percentage of babies delivered by Cesarean section. Cesarean deliveries have jumped 50% over the last decade, despite the lack of evidence that this form of delivery is better than natural childbirth for most mothers and babies. In fact, C-sections now account for one-third of the state’s more than 500,000 births each year, increasing risks of infections and complications and driving medical costs higher. Because Medi-Cal covers half of all births in the state, this has increased costs for taxpayers without improving the health of mothers and babies.

CHCF announces a Sacramento briefing on the state of maternity care in California and how it can be improved. Raising the quality of maternity care is essential to improving the health of Californians, enhancing patient experiences, and helping to put the Medi-Cal safety net on sound financial footing.

Speakers at the briefing will include:
• David Lagrew, MD, practicing obstetrician-gynecologist and chief of medical informatics, MemorialCare Health System
• Dolores Yanagihara, MPH, vice president of performance measurement for the Integrated HealthCare Association
• Elliott Main, MD, medical director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative and its California Maternity Data Center
• Neal Kohatsu, MD, medical director, California Department of Health Care Services, which operates the Medi-Cal program
• Linda Walsh, CNM, MPH, Ph.D., FACNM, Professor Emeritus, University of San Francisco, School of Nursing
• Sandra R. Hernández, MD, President and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation