National Partnership for Maternal Safety: Consensus Bundle on Support After a Severe Maternal Event

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2021 Jan;50(1):88-101. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2020.09.160. Epub 2020 Nov 19.


Supporting women, families, and clinicians with information, emotional support, and health care resources should be part of an institutional response after a severe maternal event. A multidisciplinary approach is needed for an effective response during and after the event. As a member of the maternity care team, the nurse's role includes coordination, documentation, and ensuring patient safety in emergency situations. The National Partnership for Maternal Safety, under the guidance of the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care, has developed interprofessional work groups to develop safety bundles on diverse topics. This article provides the rationale and supporting evidence for the support after a severe maternal event bundle, which includes structure- and evidence-based resources for women, families, and maternity care providers. The bundle is organized into four domains: Readiness, Recognition, Response, and Reporting and Systems Learning, and it may be adapted by nurses and multidisciplinary leaders in birthing facilities for implementation as a standardized approach to providing support for everyone involved in a severe maternal event.

Keywords: adverse patient events; fetal/infant mortality; maternal morbidity; maternal mortality; posttraumatic; second victim; stress disorders.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Consensus
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Maternal Health Services*
  • Obstetrics*
  • Patient Safety
  • Pregnancy
  • Women's Health