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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In this video AHA Maternal and Child Health Council Chair Lara Khouri, executive vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, talks with SteelSky Ventures Founding Partner Maria Velissaris about women’s health and innovation through a health equity lens.

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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.  

Upcoming Maternal and Child Health Events

Past Maternal and Child Health Events

In recognition of Black Maternal Health Week and National Minority Health Month, join AHA and health care leaders from Cedars-Sinai, Memorial Healthcare System and Summa Health System as they highlight ways hospitals and health systems can partner with their communities to improve Black maternal health outcomes.
Join Trisha Coady as she reviews the impact personalizing competency development and Artificial Intelligence can have on adverse events through an obstetric lens.
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Washington, DC
Our panel of physicians and nursing experts share their experience to help you understand and achieve real-life utilization of: 1) decreased variation, 2) standard communication and simulation, and 3) front-line participation in quality improvement, and 4) organizational framework for quality improvement in maternal and neonatal care. (Webinar presented October 11, 2023)

Maternal and Child Health Case Studies

Leaders choose TeamSTEPPS because it integrates well with existing patient safety program and starts rollout in Women and Children’s division.
Situated in Ellensburg in the heart of central Washington, Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1, also known as Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH), provides care to Kittitas County and surrounding areas.


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