Better Health for Mothers and Babies

Hospitals as Partners Working to Reduce Maternal Morbidity

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Maternal health is a high priority for AHA and its member hospitals and health systems. As part of that commitment, AHA has long partnered with national organizations as an active member in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). Together we are working to safeguard mothers and babies by reducing maternal morbidity.

Better Health for Mothers and Babies is the umbrella under which this work is happening. To date, the field’s collective efforts have largely focused on in-hospital maternal morbidity; that work is foundational and recent data shows that the morbidity and mortality is declining in some regions of the country.

AHA is working to expand progress in all geographic regions. In this work, 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.


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In this video AHA Maternal and Child Health Council Chair Lara Khouri, executive vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, talks with SteelSky Ventures Founding Partner Maria Velissaris about women’s health and innovation through a health equity lens.

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Maternal Health Webinars

These targeted webinars and other events focus on highlighting evidence-based strategies and initiatives designed to improve maternal health. Presentations feature experts and leaders from the maternal and child health space, including clinical and community perspectives.  

Upcoming Maternal and Child Health Events

Past Maternal and Child Health Events

In-Person Event
Washington, DC
Our panel of physicians and nursing experts share their experience to help you understand and achieve real-life utilization of: 1) decreased variation, 2) standard communication and simulation, and 3) front-line participation in quality improvement, and 4) organizational framework for quality improvement in maternal and neonatal care. (Webinar presented October 11, 2023)
In this webinar, health care leaders dive into the latest education advancements and adult learning science for ensuring a thriving and engaged clinical team that delivers high-quality OB care and improves maternal outcomes. These leaders discuss interdisciplinary nurse models for improved teamwork, efficient onboarding of new nurses, and effective strategies to meet competency and learning styles for staff on hand. (Webinar presented August 16, 2023)

Carrier Screening is an important component of genetic health care for family planning, and a pillar of prevention and precision medicine. Advances in technology can now provide individuals with knowledge related to their risk of having children with genetic disorders prior to pregnancy and can impact patient decisions regarding family planning. This information can be critical for the health of a child since some disorders are amenable to early treatment in the neonatal period. Family planning takes place in both the primary care and obstetric setting.

Maternal and Child Health Case Studies

Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, is the flagship hospital of Henry Ford Health, one of the nation's largest integrated health care systems. Henry Ford Hospital maintains 877 beds and is distinguished for its exceptional performance in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, transplant procedures, and cancer care.
As the chief academic teaching hospital of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Temple University Hospital (TUH) provides medical education to the next generation of physicians and biomedical scientists, while also serving the broader Philadelphia community through over 600,000 outpatient visits, 151,000 emergency department visits, 10,000 psychiatric crisis response visits, and 17,000 inpatient and outpatient surgeries in 2021.


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