Maternal and Child Health

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

Maternal and child health is a high priority for AHA and its member hospitals and health systems. A commitment to women’s health, healthy pregnancy and a good start for all children is a cornerstone to improving the nation’s health. We recognize that mothers are at risk from the first days of pregnancy through the postpartum period and hospitals and their community partners can do more to improve their care. We are driven to advance health for women and children through partnerships and innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. This work is guided by a committee composed of 15 individuals representing health care leadership from some of the country's leading women's and children's health provider organizations and systems. Through AHA's Better Health for Mothers and Babies initiative, we are sharing news, resources, data, and best practices that can help you on the journey to accessible, affordable and safe care for women and children.

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Federal Public Policy and Legislative Solutions for Improving Maternal Health

Maternal health is a top priority for the AHA and our member hospitals and health systems, and our initial efforts are aimed at eliminating maternal mortality and reducing severe morbidity. As hospitals work to improve health outcomes, we are redoubling our efforts to improve maternal health across the continuum of care and reaching out to community partners to aid in this important effort.

The causes of maternal mortality and morbidity are complex, including lack of consistent access to comprehensive care and persistent racial disparities in health and health care. To help improve maternal health, the AHA supports several federal public policy and legislative actions.

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Maternal and Child Health Case Studies

May 25, 2022
Through its MOMs program, Northwell Health seeks to decrease the incidence of preventable maternal morbidity and mortality in its community, especially for women of color, by focusing on care before conception, during pregnancy and through the “fourth trimester” — the 12 weeks after delivery.
Mar 25, 2022
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio — a 196-bed facility and one of CHRISTUS Health’s 32 hospitals across rural and urban Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico — conducts simulation drills using Practicing for Patients, a free obstetrics simulation program, on its labor and delivery unit to practice standardized treatment and communication protocols.

 

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