Zufall Health’s Prenatal Department in West Orange celebrated the second annual New Jersey Maternal Health Awareness Day (MHAD) on January 23, 2019 by participating in the “Stop. Look. Listen!” campaign, an initiative dedicated to “increasing public and professional awareness of pregnancy-related deaths, empowering women to report pregnancy-related medical issues, and increasing awareness and responsiveness among health care practitioners.”
During the event, Zufall’s prenatal patients received gift bags donated by Moms Helping Moms Foundation and education regarding the importance of postpartum visits and identifying warning signs of post-birth health complications.
MHAD, which was launched in 2018, was established in honor of Tara Hansen, a Freehold, NJ special education teacher who passed away six days after giving birth due to an undetected infection. Tara Hansen’s death shed light on New Jersey’s devastating rates of maternal mortality, ranking 45th in the nation. In response, hospitals, organizations and state legislatures across NJ are increasing efforts to reduce maternal deaths. Learn more about the Tara Hansen Foundation.