2011 Teaching Recognition Award for Innovation in Education

Ling Qun Hu, MD
Founder and Chief Executive Director, No Pain Labor N’ Delivery

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

The IARS Innovation in Education Award recognizes and funds novel concepts or applications that improve educational programs and advance the practice of anesthesiology. Candidates at every career stage are welcome to apply, but must demonstrate recent and documented implementation of these new educational tools and practices.

“No Pain Labor N’ Delivery” is a volunteer global health initiative to China that was initiated in 2006 by Dr. Ling Qun Hu, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Northwestern University. The project’s first, formal initiatve was in 2008 at the Women’s Hospital School of Medicine Zhejiang University. The mission is to publicize neuraxial labor analgesia, alter the currently high cesarean section rate in China, and improve the safety of the mothers, the fetuses, and the newborns. As part of Dr. Hu’s 10 year plan (2008-2018) for “No Pain Labor N’ Delivery” the goal is to establish at least ten (10) dedicated academic obstetric anesthesia training centers across mainland China.

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Related Publications

No Pain Labor N’ Delivery: a collaborative educational-global health initiative to transform current knowledge and skills into better maternal and neonatal outcomes.
Ling Qun Hu, Lynn Yee, Emily Miller, Francis Stellaccio, Cynthia Wong.

The cesarean delivery (CD) rate in China is 46.2%, of which 11.7% is primary elective CD. Labor analgesia varies widely in China with <1% of women receiving neuraxial analgesia (NA). The goal of the No Pain Labor N’ Delivery-Global Health Initiative (NPLD-GHI) is to increase the NA rate and improve obstetric safety by establishing obstetric anesthesia training centers in China…

Visit Dr. Hu’s No Pain Labor N’ Delivery Page


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