Section for Maternal and Child Health

AHA's Section for Maternal and Child Health supports women's and children's hospitals as they build community-based integrated networks to seek to improve the health status of their communities.  As one of three special constituency sections, Section members help shape AHA public policies, political strategies and services that reflect institutional members' common interests, functions or concerns.

AHA meets the interests and unique needs of maternal and child health providers by:

  • Promoting ongoing development and implementation of advocacy initiatives that support the nation's hospitals serving women and children.
  • Collaborating on public policy development and seeking direct input on short-term initiatives and long term strategic issues.
  • Fostering relevant member services for women's and children's hospitals, including data activities, education programs, research and technical assistance.
  • Delivering specialized communications, networking and educational opportunities for maternal and child health peers.
  • Developing and maintaining liaison relationships with key organizations and associations concerned with similar issues for women's and children's hospitals.

For additional information, contact Bonnie Connors Jellen, MHSA, Director, AHA Section for Maternal and Child Health at or 202-626-3751.

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Sustaining Successful Outcomes with the Obstetric Hemorrhage Patient Safety Bundle
December 7, 2015
3:00 pm ET (2:00 pm CT; 1:00 pm MT; noon PT)

Recognizing and Treating Postpartum Depression: Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island – A "Best Practice" in Meeting the Needs of Mothers and Babies
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

School Based Health Centers: Integrating Physical and Mental Health – Meeting and Treating Students Where They Are
May 26, 2015

The Joint Commission's Perinatal Care (PC) Performance Measures: Updates and Findings from One Year of Data Collection
February 11, 2015

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative: Improving Maternity Care and Increasing Breastfeeding Rates
HPOE Live 2014 Webinar Recording

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AHA's Maternal and Child Health Section currently represents more than 1,900  institutional members, comprising acute, general hospitals, women's hospitals, and children's hospitals as they build integrated networks to improve the health status of families in their communities.  Section membership comes at no additional cost to hospitals.

The Value of AHA Membership for Children's Hospitals


Dr. James E. Shmerling

Maternal and child health leaders serve in a variety of governance roles within the Association.  Formal opportunities exist to serve on the Section's Governing Council or as a Regional Policy Board representative and informal opportunities on AHA Task Forces, Committees and Work Groups.

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