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Blog: Improving mental health care for pregnant and postpartum women

May 21, 2021
Women are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and into the first postpartum year than at any other time in their lives, writes Margaret Howard, division director of women's behavioral health at Providence, R.I.-based Women & Infants Hospital and executive director of women’s behavioral health at Care New England. Read about how the Postpartum Depression Day Hospital at WIH provides whole health treatment to pregnant women and new mothers in a safe and nurturing environment.

Chair File: Leadership Rounds — Talking Maternal Health and Health Equity with Stacey Stewart, President and CEO of March of Dimes

Apr 26, 2021
In this episode, I was delighted to talk with Stacey Stewart, president and CEO of March of Dimes, and present her with AHA’s 2020 Award of Honor for her organization’s work during eight decades to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.

Amplifying Mothers’ Voices: 5 experts, 5 takeaways

Apr 14, 2021
On April 7, the American Hospital Association brought together experts from across the health care field for a national conversation dedicated to maternal health equity. 

Five takeaways from the 2020 Mom Maternal and Mental Health Forum

Apr 2, 2021
In 2019, 1 in 5 women suffered from a mental health disorder. Now, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, even more women are reporting increases in challenges associated with mental illness as they continue to take on responsibilities they had not been prepared for. 

Choose to support moms on International Women’s Day

Mar 8, 2021
Today is International Women's Day, a celebration of women’s achievements and a way to raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.

Improving access to maternal care in rural communities

Nov 17, 2020
As we celebrate National Rural Health Day on Nov. 19, it’s important to recognize the work rural hospitals are doing to improve access to maternal care for mothers living in rural communities, writes Priya Bathija, AHA’s vice president of strategic initiatives.

Mothers deserve better, March of Dimes can help

Nov 6, 2020
There are so many statistics being shared related to maternal mortality in the United States — but what is the real story?

Hear her…listening could save lives

Sep 9, 2020
The gift of a new life shouldn’t come at the expense of an existing one. Yet every year, more than 700 women die from pregnancy- and delivery-related complications. Another 50,000 women suffer severe health problems related to pregnancy. And, these complications are disproportionately affecting Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
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Taking Big Steps for Improving Maternal and Child Health

Jul 29, 2020
In this Spotlight Feature interview, Jean Ricci Goodman, M.D., and Aparna Sharma, M.D., discuss the program’s development and how it’s designed to improve maternal and child health in Loyola’s surrounding communities.

Supporting new moms in the time of COVID-19

Jun 10, 2020
While COVID-19 has impacted routine medical visits and non-emergency procedures, people are still giving birth and in need of support. Across the country, hospitals and health systems are implementing COVID-19 response plans that are shaping birth plans and experiences for expectant mothers and their families.