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Dear Friends,

Isn’t Athena amazing? I am so inspired by her story, and by her desire to attend Stanford University School of Medicine to pursue a career as a pediatric cardiologist. Through your support of the Lucile Packard Children’s Fund, you ensure that children like her have access to extraordinary care and bright futures.

In addition to enabling life-saving care, your Children’s Fund gifts also help launch discoveries through the Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI).

MCHRI’s goal is to promote maternal and child health locally and globally. I’d love to share an exciting update on maternal health research made possible by your contributions to the Children’s Fund.

Kay Daniels, MD; Amy Judy, MD, MPH; and Katherine Bianco, MD, received a Clinician Educators grant from MCHRI to measure the effectiveness of a training program developed at Stanford called Global Outreach Mobile Obstetrics Medical Simulation (GOMOMS). The course aims to prevent maternal deaths across the world through lectures and advanced simulation-based training that educate residents, medical students, and faculty on obstetric emergencies such as postpartum hemorrhage, hypertensive emergencies, maternal cardiac arrest, and shoulder dystocia.

Our hope is that by proving the effectiveness of GOMOMS, our program organizers will then receive funding by the National Institutes of Health to help more moms worldwide.

This study, and so many others, are possible because of generous donors like you. You can learn more about the latest research at

With gratitude,

Mary B. Leonard, MD, MSCE
Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics Director, Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute
Stanford School of Medicine
Adalyn Jay Physician-In-Chief,
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the Children's Fund Update.