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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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.  

Maternal and Child Health Events

Please join the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association as pediatricians and hospital leaders discuss how doctors can work with parents to build trust in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines for children, and offer key strategies to protect kids and keep them in school.
The webinar will highlight strategies for identifying risk factors for poor maternal mental health, and developing a mental health program to improve outcomes, reduce stigma and increase access to support networks.
In this webinar, learn how the Institute for Health Care Improvement facilitated a rapid improvement network to support health care organizations and their community partners to design and implement strategies for improving black maternal health. These organizations will share their outcomes, along with recommendations for addressing implicit bias, fostering cross-sectoral partnerships and amplifying the voices of Black women.

Maternal and Child Health Case Studies

Nov 15, 2021

Virtua Health, a comprehensive community health system, serves communities in southern New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia region. The health system sees 8,000 to 9,000 deliveries across three of its five acute care hospitals, making women’s health among its leading service lines. Virtua used the opening of Virtua Voorhees in 2011, a 400-bed hospital, to evolve care delivery for laboring patients.

Jul 29, 2021

St. Peter’s Health, a non-profit health system in Helena, Montana, serves over 97,000 residents across five counties. In 2017, the rise of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as depression, postpartum psychosis and postpartum PTSD, prompted St. Peter’s Health to recognize gaps in postpartum care. The system’s Taking Care of You program connected more than 300 patients experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and their families, with community resources to support their needs. An effort in partnership with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, the Montana Coalition Inc.


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