Published on January 16, 2020

Reading Hospital To Recognize Maternal Health Awareness Day

West Reading, PA., January 16, 2020 - On Thursday, January 23, 2020, Reading Hospital - Tower Health will recognize Maternal Health Awareness Day with a presentation for providers titled "Using innovative approaches to optimize care and outcomes in the fourth trimester." The live streaming video lecture, available statewide, will be presented by Sindhu Srivas, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Thun/Janssen Auditorium at Reading Hospital. The Reading Hospital program will begin with remarks from Carolyn Byrnes, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of PA. State Senator Judy Schwank will introduce Dr. Srivas via live video. After the presentation the community is invited to attend a Maternal Health Awareness Health Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Education Rooms C&D at Reading Hospital. Media is invited to attend the events.

Maternal Health Awareness Day in Pennsylvania was established in 2019 to raise awareness of maternal health, safety, and mortality issues. The number of women who die during pregnancy has continued to rise, despite recent advances in medicine. Compared to the United States, 49 other countries have reported lower maternal mortality rates, with the U.S. maternal mortality ratio higher than in many developing countries.

"On average two women die each day in the United States during childbirth or postpartum," said Mark B. Woodland, MD, MS, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Reading Hospital. "At Reading Hospital we continue to develop clinical and education programs for patients to help them during the critical months of the 'fourth trimester.'"

During the "fourth trimester," or three months post-partum, women can experience postpartum depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health concerns. Post-partum care and mental health should be addressed by clinicians to help women transition into more routine care and follow-up services, if needed.

Dr. Woodland is available for media interviews to discuss Reading Hospital "fourth" trimester initiatives and Maternal Health Awareness Day.

About Reading Hospital

Reading Hospital is the flagship, Magnet Recognized, acute care hospital of Tower Health. Located in West Reading, Pa., Reading Hospital is a 714-bed hospital that is home to many top-tier specialty care centers, including Reading HealthPlex, McGlinn Cancer Institute, Miller Regional Heart Center, Emergency Department, Level I Trauma Center and Beginnings Maternity Center, which houses the region's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 1,000 physicians and providers across 49 locations, Reading Hospital has been recognized for its quality outcomes and clinical expertise across services lines. It is listed as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for three consecutive years and received a 5-Star Rating from CMS. For more information, visit