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

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This dialogue with the AHA and national and community organizations, and hospitals, discusses ways we can identify and address inequities in maternal care, empower women of color, and create solutions to improve maternal health equity.
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What are some disparities associated with maternal and child health in your community? What are the root causes of these disparities? Explore how hospitals, health systems and their community partners are joining forces to examine and address disparities in maternal care, ultimately increasing access to equitable care and improving health outcomes.
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In partnership with The Value Initiative, this webinar highlights the importance of teamwork when detecting and coordinating critical obstetric emergencies. Sponsored by InJoy Health Education.

Maternal and Child Health Case Studies

Jul 12, 2021
Sutter Health is a not-for-profit integrated health delivery system that operates 23 acute care hospitals and over 200 clinics in Northern California, with engagement in 30,000 births each year. Through its pregnancy and delivery quality improvement program, Sutter implemented continuous labor support, improved collaboration between care team members and reduced C-section and early-labor admission rates.
Apr 22, 2021
Norton Healthcare serves the Louisville and Southern Indiana market. Its 373-bed Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital includes a maternal-fetal medicine program and Level III neonatal intensive care unit.

 

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