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Improving Postpartum Outcomes for Women in Ghana: The Focused-Postpartum Care Model, with Yenupini Joyce Adams

Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest rate of maternal deaths and accounts for 70% of global maternal mortality. Although most maternal deaths occur during the postpartum period (after childbirth), it receives much less attention in developing countries. Postpartum care enables healthcare providers to identify and treat complications promptly, offer help with a wide range of health and social needs, and encourage mothers to adopt evidenced-based postpartum practices at home.

In many settings in Sub-Saharan Africa, quality postpartum care, education, and support for the mother are often the missing components of postnatal care delivery, which is heavily baby focused. In this talk, Dr. Adams will discuss the development of Focused-PPC, an innovative integrated group postpartum care, education, and support model for postpartum women up to one year after delivery, and share results from her trial of the Focused-PPC model of care. 

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Speaker Profile

Dr. Yenupini Joyce Adams is an Assistant Professor of the Practice and the Global Maternal Research Lead for the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. She received her PhD in Nursing Science from Michigan State University. Dr. Adams’ research addresses maternal health disparities that lead to mortality. More specifically, her research is dedicated to improving postpartum health outcomes among women most impacted by maternal mortality. She is highly motivated and passionate about using research interventions to improve maternal health, promote safe motherhood, and decrease maternal mortality and morbidity among populations disproportionately affected in the United States, and in Sub-Saharan Africa where the burden of maternal mortality is most severe. As PI and Co-I on multiple projects, she has experience conducting patient focused research examining both patient and healthcare facility factors that influence access to quality postpartum care and education. She is focused on developing interventions that can be scaled-up and adopted into existing systems of care to improve maternal health, promote safe motherhood, and decrease maternal mortality and morbidity.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2023


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Wednesday, October 04, 2023
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


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