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.

Previous Webinars in the Series

Maternal and Child Health Events

Join the AHA in a dialogue with experts from national and community organizations, and hospitals, to discuss ways we can identify and address inequities in maternal care, empower women of color, and create solutions to improve maternal health equity.
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.
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.
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 Health Advisories

These AHA advisories are part of a series to assist the field as it builds upon its efforts to safeguard mothers and babies.

July 22, 2019, Advisory: Better Health for Mothers and Babies: Examining Disparities in Maternal Health

April 18, 2019, Advisory: Promoting Better Health for Mothers and Babies: Taking Action, Saving Lives

November 6, 2018, Advisory: Better Health for Mothers and Babies: Working Together to Improve Maternal Safety and Outcomes

July 27, 2018, Advisory: Maternal Health Member Advisory

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