North Carolina Perinatal
Region IV Provider Support Network
Region IV Provider Support Network
The Provider Support Network is charged with reducing North Carolina Perinatal Region IV’s maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality rates through establishing a system to determine risk-appropriate levels of maternal and neonatal care. We are committed to providing the support to deliver quality, evidenced-based care. Through the dissemination of the latest guidelines, providing education in identified gaps, assisting in needed trainings and simulations for the staff – we are here to support you.
The Provider Support Network is the connection between the Obstetric (OB) and Family Medicine (FM) Champions working collaboratively with the Perinatal Nurse Champion to bring providers, nurses and health care teams together to provide the best possible continuous care for women in Perinatal Region IV from preconception through pregnancy, postpartum and inter-conception.
Counties of Region IV:
Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren
Kristin Resnik, BA, BSN, RN, IBCLC
I am the Perinatal Nurse Champion for NC Region IV. I am excited to work with the nurses and providers within our region to assist with training and sharing best practices. I have been a labor and delivery nurse for 13 years, and I was a Gynecology/Oncology nurse for 2 years. I love caring for women, newborns and their families. It has been a privilege to be part of so many births! I live in the wilds of Chatham County with my husband, two young boys (7 and 11), and two rescue beagle boys. All the boy energy is great balance to my passion of all things pertaining to Women’s Health. I enjoy spending time with my family outside hiking in our woods, kayaking and traveling in our beautiful state.
Kimberly Harper, MSN, RN, MHA
I am the Perinatal Neonatal Outreach Coordinator. I have enjoyed serving Perinatal Region IV over the last several years. I am excited to continue to support our region alongside Kristin. I am a registered nurse with 17 years of experience in Maternal and Child Health. I have enjoyed the ability to support families as they grow in labor and delivery, home visiting, and leadership opportunities. The role that I enjoy the most is mom to my amazing kiddos and wife to my husband. I am honored to be a part of the team serving this Perinatal Region.
Narges Farahi, MD
I am a family medicine physician and longtime champion for person-centered and family-centered care. I serve as an Associate Professor and the Director of the Family Medicine Maternal and Child Health Service at UNC. My heart is in community health, and my outpatient practice is at Prospect Hill Community Health Center, a rural federally qualified health center. Prior to my current role, I served as the medical director of the NC Farmworker Health Program.
My clinical interests include providing seamless care for people with the capacity for pregnancy across the continuum of care, including before, between and after pregnancies. I am committed to providing trauma-informed care, supporting people and families to meet their reproductive goals, and using quality improvement strategies to help health care practices and systems better meet the needs of patients and families. I have been a leader in implementing enhanced access to comprehensive contraception options and the IMPLICIT interconception care model in the primary care setting. My goal is to center the voices of patients and families from marginalized communities and build partnerships with patients and communities to improve health.
Kate Menard, MD, MPH
I am a Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine. In addition to my duties at UNC, I am the Medical Director of the North Carolina’s Pregnancy Medical Home through Community Care of North Carolina, a statewide program that supports Medicaid beneficiaries and their care providers in access to high-quality maternity care. I am also a member of NC’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the Maternal Health Task Force.
My main areas of interest are highlighting the shared goals of clinical medicine and public health, thus bringing diverse perspectives together, promoting collaboration and realizing synergy. I have worked to elevate attention to maternal health needs by advancing two important initiatives: 1) Strengthening regional systems by defining Levels of Maternal Care, and 2) Providing foundational leadership for the broad dissemination and implementation of maternal safety bundles through the HRSA funded Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM). My current work includes engagement with the HRSA sponsored Maternal Health Learning and Innovations Center based at the UNC School of Public Health.
Erin McClain, MA, MPH
I am the Assistant Director and Research Associate with CMIH, where I direct a variety of statewide perinatal training and technical assistance initiatives. I have 15 years of experience leading health systems change and quality improvement initiatives in areas including preterm birth prevention and implementation of evidence-based tobacco use screening and counseling for providers serving women of reproductive age, with a specialized focus on low-income and marginalized women. I also focus broadly on the health of women of reproductive age, engaging in qualitative research with postpartum mothers and serving as a state coach for the HRSA-funded Preconception CoIIN and the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center. I have also worked with displaced women and families, both in the US and abroad.
Below are resources that provide provider and patient education:
Birth Control After Baby, whether you want more children or you are all done, this resource is a guide to learn about birth control, birth spacing, sex, and relationships for postpartum moms. Click to view Birth Control After Baby booklet. Also available in Spanish (click to view Métodos anticonceptivos despues del bebe.)
You Quit, Two Quit, a program of the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health, aims to ensure that there is a comprehensive system in place to screen and treat pregnant and postpartum women for tobacco use. This program supports free trainings for North Carolina practices and also provides assistance in integrating tobacco screening and treatment into clinic’s work flow, and a number of free resources available that can be incorporated into your practice. Visit YouQuitTwoQuit.org to learn more.
Safe Sleep NC is a program of the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health. The goal of Safe Sleep NC is to strengthen the adoption of infant safe sleep practices that reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and that prevent infant sleep-related deaths across the state. This program offers free patient education materials, on-line trainings for healthcare professionals, technical assistance to organizations, and a website designed to provide key information for healthcare professionals and parents/caregivers (English and Spanish). Visit SafeSleepNC.org to learn more
More State of North Carolina Resources:
MAHEC: Free Webinar Series
Doing Better Together to Equitably & Innovatively Advance Reproductive Health and Healthcare with a Focus on Human Rights, Quality Improvement, and Interprofessional Collaboration: https://mahec.net/event/64901
North Carolina Pregnancy & Opioid Exposure Project: https://ncpoep.org/
Community Care of North Carolina: Pregnancy Medical Home: https://www.communitycarenc.org/what-we-do/clinical-programs/pregnancy-medical-home
NC Division of Public Health: Women’s Health Branch Publications: https://whb.ncpublichealth.com/provpart/pubmanbro.htm
4th Trimester Project: https://newmomhealth.com/
NC Maternal Mental Health MATTERS: https://www.med.unc.edu/ncmatters/
Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina: https://www.pqcnc.org/
Implicit Network: https://www.fmec.net/implicit
Perinatal HIV/AIDS National Consultation: ttps://nccc.ucsf.edu/clinician-consultation/perinatal-hiv-aids/
Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative: https://beforeandbeyond.org
California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP) Sweet Success Resource & Training Center Website: https://www.cdappsweetsuccess.org
Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine (SMFM): https://www.smfm.org/equity
Racial Equity Institute: Groundwater Workshop: https://www.racialequityinstitute.com/ourservices
LOOM Antiracist Birth Plan: https://mcusercontent.com/261119dc531dd4343cf4d496c/files/d17feedd-c59f-4b2d-b365-3798a4cf2726/LOOM_Antiracist_Birth_Preferences_Neutral.01.pdf?mc_cid=eaf90f6344&mc_eid=ad7ea36202
Patient Information Materials:
Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Patient Education: https://www.highriskpregnancyinfo.org
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG): https://www.acog.org/womens-health
Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative: https://beforeandbeyond.org/resources/patient-education
Quality and Safety:
Perinatal Quality Foundation: https://perinatalquality.org/default.aspx
Alliance for Innovation of Maternal Health (AIM) Bundles: https://safehealthcareforeverywoman.org/council/patient-safety-bundles/maternal-safety-bundles/
Maternal Health Learning & Innovation Center: https://maternalhealthlearning.org/
NC Perinatal Region IV: Provider Support Network Webinar Series
This is a free webinar series crafted with the intention of disseminating the latest evidenced-based best practices to the providers, nurses, doulas, educators, lactation consultants, case managers and all others invested in the maternal health of Region IV. Each month a pre-recorded 30-minute webinar will be released to be listened to at your convenience.
September Webinar: “Covid-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy” — Brenna L. Hughes, MD, MSc, Vice Chair of Quality and Obstetrics at Duke University
June Webinar: “NC Maternal Mental Health Matters: An introduction to behavioral health care in the perinatal period and use of psychiatric consultation services” – Dr. Mary Kimmel and Karen Burns, MSW
May Webinar: ““Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Postpartum Pain Evaluation and Management” – Jasmine Johnson, MD
“Office Hours” meeting will be Friday, May 21st at 12:30pm. Click Here for day of access.
April Webinar: “IMPLICIT ICC: Improving Birth Outcomes through Interconception Care at Well Child Visits.” — Narges Farahi, MD
March Webinar: “Electronic Cigarettes and Emerging Tobacco Products” Jaimie Lea, MPH
February Webinar: “Severe Hypertension (HTN): Overview of TJC Standards and the AIM Bundle” by Kate Menard, MD, MPH.
This webinar series will cover an array of topics related to maternal and neonatal health including perinatal safety, racial equity, substance use, appropriate levels of prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and well-woman care, and more. This is a free series crafted with the intention of disseminating the latest evidence-based best practices to the providers and nurses of Region IV. Through this network, we hope to share and learn so all providers and nurses are empowered to give the women, babies, and families of North Carolina Region IV the very best care.