Maternal and Child Health

Nearly four million babies are born each year in U.S. hospitals.

As hospital executives, your commitment to women’s health, a healthy pregnancy and a good start for all children is a cornerstone to improving the nation’s health. Still, 8.1% of babies are born low birthweight and 9.6% are born preterm; 17.4% of children aged 6-11 are obese; 3.2% of children aged 5-11 miss 11 or more days of school a year due to illness or injury; and, overall, more than 15% of children aged 5-11 years are not in very good health.

The American Hospital Association and its members take aim on these maternal and child health challenges. Together, we are driven to advance women’s and child health through partnerships and innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.

Consistent with our goals, this web page is designed to provide easy access to information and tools that will assist in navigating the changing maternal and child health care system. Every day, our nation’s hospitals work in their communities sponsoring family health education, prevention and outreach services. Look here to find news, resources, data, and best practices shared by other health leaders that can help you on the journey to accessible, affordable and safe care for women and children.

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