International authority addresses maternal mortality on ‘Top Docs’ 

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses maternal mortality, and it features Fatu Forna, M.D. – an OB-GYN and epidemiologist with The Southeast Permanente Medical Group and an international expert on maternal mortality reduction and other reproductive and maternal health issues.

Dr. Forna discusses… 

– How the U.S. and the rest of the world define maternal mortality
– How prevalent maternal mortality is in Georgia, the U.S., and the rest of the world
– Whether maternal mortality rates are trending in the right or wrong directions
– Why the U.S. is the only industrialized country with rising maternal mortality rates
– The most common medical and non-medical causes of maternal death
– What should be done to protect mothers during and after a pregnancy
– Strategies the U.S. can employ to improve its maternal mortality rates

Dr. Forna is the lead for redesign of the Department of Women’s Services at Kaiser Permanente in Georgia. Having worked in an array of settings around the world, she has served as the lead for reproductive and maternal health for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Sierra Leone, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, as chief of Women’s Services for Kaiser Permanente in Georgia, and as a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Forna advises WHO on maternal and reproductive health issues, and she served on the Georgia Maternal Mortality Review Committee in 2019.

Dr. Forna has a degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Emory University School of Medicine, and she completed a fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is also worth noting that the MAG member is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ – which won an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award  and a Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Awards award in 2019 – has now reached more than 730,000 listeners and viewers, which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

‘Top Docs’ is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO. 

In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, ‘Top Docs’ is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotifyStitcher, and iHeart Radio

Resources

Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative website

Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Patient (AIM) Patient Safety Bundles

Georgia Department of Public Health Maternal Mortality web page

World Health Organization Maternal Mortality fact sheets

The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and aren’t necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at tkornegay@mag.org with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.