Why take OBLS?
How we are helping to prevent maternal deaths
The maternal mortality rate in the United States is rising and ranks highest among developed countries. Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths. At the same time, it is reported that over eighty percent of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable with timely, appropriate care.
U.S. medical professionals lack national credentialing standards for managing maternal cardiac arrest. In comparison, cognitive and technical skill mastery for pediatric cardiac arrest is reviewed and tested as a part of basic and advanced life support courses, despite a lower pediatric-related mortality ratio (13.7 deaths per 100,000 (ages 5-14) for 2020) compared to the maternal mortality ratio (23.8 deaths per 100,000 for 2020).
Over fifty subject matter experts (SMEs) in obstetrics, education, and resuscitation convened to develop Obstetric Life Support (OBLS), the only level A evidence-based simulation training curriculum focused on preventing, recognizing, and treating maternal medical emergencies and maternal cardiac arrest.
Connecticut Children's Fetal Care Center
"After learning about the program, I saw the value in training our Pediatric specialists and subspecialists in OBLS.. We are building a stand-alone hospital to treat pregnant patients who require fetal surgery or immediate neonatal intervention after birth. We wanted our Pediatricians to feel comfortable responding to a maternal medical emergency and knowing how to perform initial stabilization and management until the patient could get to a higher level of care. This course is critical for stand-alone birthing centers, fetal care centers, or hospitals with limited maternity services."
-Dr. Tim Cromblehombe, fetal surgeon