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Items in this list may be obtained from the sources cited. Contact information reflects the most current data about the source that has been provided to the MCH Digital Library.

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U.S. Government Accountability Office . 2022. Maternal health: Outcomes worsened and disparities persisted during the pandemic . Washington, DC: U.S. Government Accountability Office , 32 pp.

Annotation: This report to Congress describes 1) available federal data and what it reveals about maternal and neonatal outcomes and disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 2) efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the pandemic to address maternal health outcomes and disparities. The data is from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics’ (NCHS) National Vital Statistics System and its Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, a state-level surveillance system of survey-based data on maternal behaviors, attitudes, and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.

Contact: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20548, Telephone: (202) 512-3000 Secondary Telephone: E-mail: Web Site:

Keywords: Data, Ethnic factors, Federal initiatives , Infectious diseases, Low birthweight, Maternal health, Maternal mortality, Neonatal morbidity, Prenancy complications, Preterm birth, Racial factors, Statistics, Virus diseases

Hallsworth M, Farrands A, Oortwijn WJ, Hatziandreu E. 2008. The provision of neonatal services: Data for international comparisons. Santa Monica, CA: Rand, 157 pp. (Technical report)

Annotation: This report presents a comparative analysis of neonatal services, followed by chapters on specific countries (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the United States, Canada, Sweden, and Australia). The information is divided into five categories: (1) trend in high-risk births and associated outcomes, (2) organization and scale of neonatal services, (3) neonatal transport services, (4) costs of neonatal services, and (5) best practices for infants and their families. The main purpose of the report is to provide a compendium of relevant data to facilitate comparisons and benchmarking of neonatal services in England with those of these other countries. Statistical information is presented in figures and tables throughout the report. References are included. The report includes two appendices: (1) methodology and (2) list of search terms used for literature review.

Contact: Rand Corporation, 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90407-3208, Telephone: (310) 393-0411 Fax: 310-393-4818 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Costs, Families, Health care services, Infant health, International health, Low birthweight infants, Neonatal intensive care, Neonatal morbidity, Neonatal mortality, Trends

Owens PL, Thompson J, Elixhauser A, Ryan K. 2003. Care of children and adolescents in U.S. hospitals. Rockville, MD: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 52 pp. (Healthcare cost and utilization project fact book; no. 4)

Annotation: This fact book presents an overview of children and adolescents in U.S. hospitals, providing insight into the types of conditions for which they are hospitalized, the types of procedures they receive, who is billed for the stays, the resources associated with their hospital stays, and where they are discharged to when they leave the hospital. The fact book begins with an overview of hospital care for children and adolescents overall and compares information about children and adolescents to information about adults. It then provides more detailed information about three major subgroups of pediatric hospital stays: (1) neonatal stays, (2) stays for other pediatric illness, and (3) stays for adolescent pregnancy and delivery. Statistical information is presented in figures and tables throughout the fact book.

Contact: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (301) 427-1104 Secondary Telephone: (301) 427-1364 Web Site: Available at no charge; also available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 1-58763-137-7.

Keywords: Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescents, Child health: Adolescent health, Children, Costs, Hospitalization, Hospitals, Infant health, Infants, Neonatal intensive care, Neonatal morbidity

Briles B. [1993]. Peter's story. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin - Madison, Great Lakes Regional Genetics Group, 12 pp.

Annotation: This pamphlet includes the mother's story of the birth, sickness and death of her baby who had a rare genetic disorder, and a doctor's suggestions on how to handle, emotionally and socially, the birth of a baby with defects. It is intended to support and inform new mothers to whom this happens. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Keywords: Chromosome abnormalities, Genetic disorders, Grief, Infant death, Neonatal morbidity

Holgren E. 1989 (ca.). State Program Staff Development Grant/MCH Improvement Project [Final report]. Jackson, MS: Mississippi State Department of Health, 82 pp.

Annotation: The goal of this project was to implement legislation authorizing the Mississippi State Department of Health to establish a regionalized system of perinatal services. The project assisted the State Perinatal Committee in developing a regionalization plan and in disseminating information about the plan to professional and consumer groups. Mechanisms for evaluating the current emergency medical system, including neonatal and maternal transport, were also developed. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, O.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: Web Site: Document Number: NTIS PB92-103225.

Keywords: Infant Morbidity, Infant Mortality, Low Birthweight, Minorities, Neonatal Mortality

Ripley I. 1989 (ca.). Rural Prenatal Consultation and Care Project [Final report]. Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Department of Health, 30 pp.

Annotation: This project aimed to improve the availability of appropriate prenatal care and postnatal clinical care for low-income, high-risk women and their newborns in Utah's Southeastern, Southwestern, and Uintah Basin Health Districts. Activities included incorporating improvements into the existing health services, developing new programs in rural and frontier counties, and collecting data for better evaluation of the needs and services in the target areas. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, O.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: Web Site: Document Number: NTIS PB91-236406.

Keywords: Adolescents, Birthweight, Continuing Education, Development, Education of Health Professionals, High risk pregnancy, Infant Morbidity, Infant Mortality, Low, Low income groups, Mothers, Neonatal Intensive Care, Rural Population

Mitchell A. 1987. Risks of Medication Procedures in Hospitalized Children [Final report]. Brookline, MA: Children's Hospital,

Annotation: This study was designed to generate a number of hypotheses concerning the hazards of medication procedures among infants cared for in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). By describing patterns of use of medication procedures and identifying hazards associated with such exposures, the researcher sought to reduce the morbidity and mortality resulting from routine therapeutic practices in the NICU. Among the project's findings were links between: (1) The risk of hyperglycemia and dextrose infusion; (2) the risk of intracranial hemorrhage and use of heparin; (3) shock/rash reaction and the use of Vancomycin; and (4) increased serum bilirubin levels following pancuronium bromide. The investigator recommended continued efforts to understand the risks associated with medications and procedures used in NICUs to treat babies. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, O.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: Web Site: Document Number: NTIS PB88-173679.

Keywords: Hospitalized infants, Medication, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Neonatal morbidity, Neonatal mortality, Newborn infants

American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Fetus and Newborn. 1977. Standards and recommendations for hospital care of newborn infants. (6th ed.). Evanston, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 178 pp.

Haynes U. 1975 . A developmental approach to casefinding with special reference to cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and related disorders. Washington, DC: U.S. Bureau of Community Health Services, 85 pp., development wheel (1975 ed.)

Annotation: This booklet is intended as an aid to nurses in recognizing signs of disease and anomalies in infants. Although the guide is addressed primarily to nurses, other professionals concerned with the health of infants and children may also find it useful. Special attention is given to the incidence of neurological disorders and anomalies in infants and to the factors which help to identify infants at risk. The focus is placed on the vulnerable child, the evolution of basic neurological reflex patterns, and the maturation of the central nervous system. No attempt is made to cover fundamental principles and practices presented in basic texts. A device is included (inside back cover) to assist with assessment of the rate at which a child achieves developmental milestones, and criteria indicated as to whether an index of suspicion exists. A special procedure is suggested for assessing the child's stage of development and behavior when circumstances indicate that particular discretion is needed to avoid parental anxiety.

Keywords: Assessment, Cerebral palsy, Child development disorders, Developmental screening, Diagnosis, Early childhood development, Infant development, Infants, Infants with developmental disabilities, Mental retardation, Neonatal morbidity, Neurologic tests, Nurses, Nursing services, Public health nursing

University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. 1964. Proceedings: Bi-regional Institute on Maternity Care—Primary Prevention. Berkeley, CA: University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, 188 pp.

Annotation: These proceedings discuss the status of maternal health and care; problems in neonatal mortality and morbidity; pregnancy wastage programs; primary prevention from the viewpoint of the obstetrician; public health applications of primary prevention; changes in recommended standards for hospital care of newborn infants; etiology and prevention of congenital malformations; identification and early treatment of handicapping conditions; adolescence as an opportunity for primary prevention; education and preparation for parenthood and family life; services for family planning; application of genetics to primary prevention and public health; and how to change behavioral patterns.

Keywords: Adolescents, Behavior, Children with developmental disabilities, Congenital abnormalities, Family planning, Genetics, Hospital services, Maternal health, Maternal health services, Morbidity, Neonatal mortality, Newborn infants, Parent education, Prevention programs, Primary prevention, Public health


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.