Webinar- 10 Ways to Make Your OB Unit a “Suit Free” Zone: A Checklist for Perinatal Risk Professionals

May 16, 2024
10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time
CHI owner insured hospital risk managers, compliance officers, health information management personnel, OB clinical staff and educators, patient safety officers, quality improvement, and clinical and executive leadership.


This presentation addresses strategies for reducing the chance for adverse outcomes on your perinatal unit. After a discussion of the vulnerabilities that are generally found in obstetrical care, 10 opportunities for mitigating risk and improving safety in obstetrics will be presented.  Since many serious adverse obstetrical events result in legal scrutiny, a “suit-free zone” becomes a metaphor for safer perinatal care.


At the end of the webinar, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss the history of perinatal safety and identify the significant progress that has been made.
  2. List the current most prevalent issues in obstetric liability.
  3. List 10 evidence-based principles that should make a safe perinatal unit even safer.
  4. Evaluate areas where implicit bias can influence OB and perinatal care.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number 12205 for 1 contact hours.

This meeting has been approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.



Practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Portland, Oregon for over 30 years.  He was the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland for 9 years.  He was the Chair of the Professional Liability Committee and served on the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). He has published articles and given presentations on improving patient safety in obstetrics, enhancing communications between members of the perinatal team, vaginal birth after cesarean section, and the patient safety aspects of intimidating and uncivil professional behavior. He works as a perinatal risk and patient safety consultant and served on the Boards of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers and the National Perinatal Information Center. In 2021, he published a book on patient safety for obstetricians entitled, “50 Ways for Obstetricians to Increase Patient Satisfaction, Improve Perinatal Safety, and, Perhaps, Prevent a Lawsuit.” He currently continues as a consultant with respect to a variety of subjects dealing with medical malpractice, patient safety, and risk management in perinatal care.

Web Access

Zoom connection information is auto-generated and emailed to the participant upon registration.  Each participant has a unique link for connection.


Zoom connection information is auto-generated and emailed to the participant upon registration.  Each participant has a unique link for connection.