The organization uses a multidisciplinary approach to achieve its goal of increasing the epidural neuraxial labor analgesia usage rate by 10% by establishing 10 obstetric anesthesia training centers over a 10 year period (by 2018). NPLD-GHI assists local hospitals in the establishment of self-sustaining obstetric anesthesia services to provide safe and effective neuraxial labor analgesia and become part of team-based medicine in modern labor & delivery suites. 

No Pain Labor & Delivery – Global Health Initiative (NPLD-GHI) is a non-for-profit organization started at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Founded in 2006 by anesthesiologist Ling Qun Hu, MD in Chicago, the program focuses on correcting the unnecessarily high caesarean delivery rate and improving the poor utilization of neuraxial labor analgesia in China. 

The first trip was launched in Dr. Hu’s home city, Hangzhou, China in 2008. NPLD-GHI uses annual one-week visits with daily goals and bedside education; daily debriefing and conferences; and patient education books and social media education in professional forums and Journal of No Pain Labor & Delivery – Global Health Initiative. Impact studies have demonstrated that the education intervention has significantly improved maternal and neonatal outcomes with its sustainable effectiveness.

By 2016, a total of 51 Chinese hospitals were visited by close to 500 volunteer health care professionals and translators from all over the world. The trip in 2017 will be from June 10 (Saturday, ARRIVAL date) to June 18 (Sunday, DEPARTURE date).  Details of the hospitals and cities for the  2017 NPLD-GHI trip to China is available under the 2017 trip page.

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