Prenatal health care
The Chongqing Health Center for Women and Children (CQHCWC) is the largest medical institute in terms of annual births in Chongqing. It is the technical training base of the Chongqing Perinatal Medicine Center, the Chongqing Clinical Medicine Quality Control Center for Obstetrics, and local midwives.
As a result of its quality service in recent years the CQHCWC has received a number of awards and titles such as National Outstanding Service Unit for Women and Children's Health, National Specialized Maternal Healthcare of the First Group, Major Clinical Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chongqing, and Key Medical Center for Maternal and Children's Health in Chongqing.
As the only Grade 3 medical center for maternal and children's health in Chongqing, the CQHCWC is dedicated to providing mothers and children with professional healthcare guidance and relevant technical management services.
In addition, the CQHCWC is one of six medical centers for the treatment of pregnant women in critical condition in Chongqing and is responsible for offering guided services to expectant mothers from the prefectural regions of Jiangbei, Hechuan, Tongnan, Chengkou and Liangjiang New Area.
The CQHCWC has been heavily involved in evaluating the risk of congenital defects, the treatment of pregnant women in critical condition, and appraisal of maternal mortality, as required by the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China (formerly the National Health and Family Planning Commission) and the Chongqing Municipal Health Commission(formerly the Chongqing Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission).
The following actions have been taken to ensure the safety of women and their newborns over the past decades.
Ⅰ. Giving high publicity to maternal and children's health. The CQHCWC has published a dozen handbooks in relation to pregnant women's health, circulated relevant knowledge among locals via its official WeChat account and that of its employees, and produced video clips analyzing the risks of congenital defects to help the public correctly understand them and to encourage pregnant women to be responsible for personal health. Additional video clips have been made to help its medical staff learn more about five regulations concerning the safety of women and children in order to raise their awareness of maternal and children's safety and relevant management.
Ⅱ. Conducting screening and appraisal of birth defects. The CQHCWC has been responsible for the medical examination and evaluation of the risks of congenital defects, the management of classified follow-up services for maternal health via various carriers, and the operation and supervision of relevant training in a bid to ensure screening and appraisal implementation.
Ⅲ. Promoting the management of pregnant women in critical condition. The CQHCWC has worked with local health departments to formulate and improve governmental documents on providing pregnant women at serious risk with qualified service. It takes necessary measures to ensure the safety of involved females. Furthermore, it integrates theoretical knowledge and practice during its technical training in prevention of women-to-child transmission of AIDS, syphilis and hepatitis B.
Ⅳ. Enhancing quality services of obstetrics. The CQHCWC has gathered professionals and sponsored symposiums to implement various standards concerning the quality of obstetric service, organized assessments of midwives' skills at prefectural and municipal levels, held evaluations on obstetrics and provided relevant practitioners with technical guidance.
Ⅴ. Conducting better training on the treatment of pregnant women in critical condition. The CQHCWC has held appraisals on the health of pregnant women in critical condition and the occurrence of maternal mortality and shared its experience and practices with other medical institutes. It remains committed to further enhancing its comprehensive capacity.