About Us

About Us

The Perinatal Quality Foundation grew out of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and is an independent affiliate of SMFM. The Perinatal Quality Foundation Board and volunteers are comprised of some of the most respected clinicians in Obstetrics.

The Perinatal Quality Foundation initiated the Nuchal Translucency Quality Review (NTQR) program in 2005. The Cervical Length and Education Review (CLEAR) Program was begun in 2011, the Fetal Monitoring Credentialing (FMC) Program in 2013, and the Genetic Education Module (GEM) in 2016.

The mission of the Perinatal Quality Foundation is to improve the quality of Obstetrical services. Hospital Labor and Delivery units are a current focus for improvement in fetal safety. Recent research points to the intrapartum period as the contributing time for neonatal encephalopathy. Errors and variations in interpretation of electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) strips may result in poor management decisions that contribute to subsequent neonatal encephalopathy.

The foundation is committed to disseminating safe and effective obstetrical practice protocols, and to providing clinician and provider education, monitoring measures, and consensus discussions on emerging obstetrical technologies.

Task Force

FMC Task Force
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Richard Berkowitz, MD
Department of OB/GYN
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
New York, New York

Mary D'Alton, MD
Department of OB/GYN
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
New York, New York

Mike Nageotte, MD
Obstetrix Medical Group
Long Beach, California

Mary Norton, MD
Dept. OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences
University of California
San Francisco, California

Dan O'Keeffe, MD
Executive Vice President
Society Maternal Fetal Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona

Hyagriv Simhan MD, M.S.C.R.
Magee-Womens Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mark W. Tomlinson, MD, MBA
Northwest Perinatal Center
Women's Healthcare Associates
Portland, Oregon