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.

Maternal Health Resources

Maternal Health Webinars

These targeted webinars focus on improving maternal health and highlight presentations by experts, leaders from AHA, and member hospitals.

Maternal and Child Health Events

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Jan 12, 2021 - 01:00 PM

Previous Webinars in the Series

Maternal and Child Health Events

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The AHA Section for Maternal and Child Health and our partners in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) share the tools and resources available to your hospital to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.
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AHA hosted this webinar, the first in a series of webinars on improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality, on November 13, 2018. Patricia M. Witcher, MSN, RNC-OB, clinical outcomes manager of Northside Hospital in Atlanta – a large provider of obstetric services with nearly 17,000 babies born at the hospital each year – discussed state and national quality initiatives, including the Maternal Mortality Review Committee, and shared maternal safety processes and practices.
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An innovative patient centered maternity care model leveraging technology and enabling clinicians to drive better pregnancy outcomes for women with chronic hypertension earned Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, a top award in the 2018 AHA Innovation Challenge. Adi Hirshberg, MD, co-founder Heart Safe Motherhood and Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania, will present this model engaging, monitoring, and managing high risk patients from hospital admission, through delivery and after they have returned home postpartum.
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Jay Bhatt, DO, AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, will welcome Neel Shah, MD, MPP, a nationally recognized expert on the complex challenges facing hospitals and health systems as we commit to reducing risks for mothers and babies throughout pregnancy.
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Learning how leading hospitals and health systems are creating change and improving maternal health and mothers experience is an important way to move the country forward on national maternal safety and quality goals. Providence St. Joseph Health works as a system and regionally on continued obstetric quality improvement and has positive results to share.
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Actionable data is a key component of any successful initiative. In this virtual workshop, experts share best practices for collecting, evaluating and transforming data into action. Learn how hospitals are improving outcomes for maternal and child health through innovative, data-driven solutions, while reducing variation in care delivery.
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Maternal mortality rates are significantly higher in rural areas as women face barriers in accessing prenatal, obstetrical and postpartum care. In this virtual workshop, learn about the unique challenges encountered in rural communities from U of MN Rural Health Research Center. Additionally, hear how Lexington Regional Health Center, a rural hospital in NE, is increasing access to optimal maternal care in rural communities.
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In partnership with The Value Initiative, this webinar will highlight the importance of teamwork when detecting and coordinating critical obstetric emergencies. Sponsored by InJoy Health Education.

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