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 Podcasts

These members-only podcasts feature important information and special guest speakers focused on improving maternal health and sharing best practices with the field.

Stay tuned for details on the March podcast which will feature new approaches to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the April podcast on maternal health learnings from the CDC.

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.

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

Maternal Health Webinar Series

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

Upcoming Webinars

More webinars in the Maternal Health series are coming in 2019! We will post details soon.

Previous Webinars in the Series

Reducing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: The Providence Oregon Approach
Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 12 p.m. ET

Meeting the Challenges to Reduce Maternal Risk: A Dialogue with Neel Shah, MD
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 12 p.m. ET

Heart Safe Motherhood: Innovation to Improve Maternal Outcomes, Experience and Cost
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 2 p.m. ET

Partnerships & Leading Practices to Reduce Maternal Morbidity
November 13, 2018, at 2 p.m. ET

Access our past members-only webinars

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