Better Health for Mothers and Babies

Hospitals as Partners Working to Reduce Maternal Morbidity

Mother in hospital bed, wearing mask and holding newborn baby

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.

 

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.  

Past Maternal and Child Health Events

Webinar

July 28, 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET | 2-3:30 p.m. CT

Are you struggling with how to begin to discuss racism in maternal care?

Join the AHA for a virtual screening of the film, Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story to explore the many underlying factors impacting the health of Black women and their birth outcomes.
Webinar
Please join the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association as pediatricians and hospital leaders discuss how doctors can work with parents to build trust in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines for children, and offer key strategies to protect kids and keep them in school.
Webinar
The webinar will highlight strategies for identifying risk factors for poor maternal mental health, and developing a mental health program to improve outcomes, reduce stigma and increase access to support networks.

Maternal and Child Health Case Studies

May 25, 2022
Through its MOMs program, Northwell Health seeks to decrease the incidence of preventable maternal morbidity and mortality in its community, especially for women of color, by focusing on care before conception, during pregnancy and through the “fourth trimester” — the 12 weeks after delivery.
Mar 25, 2022
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio — a 196-bed facility and one of CHRISTUS Health’s 32 hospitals across rural and urban Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico — conducts simulation drills using Practicing for Patients, a free obstetrics simulation program, on its labor and delivery unit to practice standardized treatment and communication protocols.

 

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