Maternal/Women's Health

More than 65% of all pregnant women in the U.S. benefit from MCHB programs.In all 50 states, we support programs and services that advance women's health.

What Are Our Goals?

We focus our efforts on three key strategic priorities:

  • Improving women’s health before, during, and beyond pregnancy and across their life course;
  • Improving the quality and safety of maternity care; and
  • Improving systems of maternity care including both clinical and public health systems; 

Which Programs and Initiatives Help Us Accomplish Our Goals?

  • HRSA Preventive Services
  • Title V MCH Block Grant
  • Healthy Start
  • MCHB has taken a leading role at the national level to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality throughout the United States. The MCHB-supported Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Maternal Health and Safety Initiative exit dsiclaimer is working with 13 states and more than 661 hospitals to implement maternal safety bundles to improve the quality and safety of maternity care, with the goal of preventing 100,000 maternal deaths and severe morbidity by 2018. Safety bundles are small, straightforward sets of evidence-based practices that, when performed collectively and reliably, have been proven to improve patient outcomes. Available safety bundles exit dsiclaimer:
    • Maternal Early Warning Signs
    • Hemorrhage
    • Hypertension in Pregnancy
    • Venous Thromboembolism
    • Supporting Intended Vaginal Births
    • Reduction of Peripartum Racial Disparities
    • Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety
    • Obstetric Care for Opioid Dependent Women

    States have reported notable impact from the safety bundles, including a recent 35% reduction in severe maternal morbidity in Oklahoma, and in Illinois, an increase in over 70% in the time to treat dangerously high blood pressure within one hour of reporting.*
    *Report of collaborative overall data per state, ACOG, June 2017

Date Last Reviewed:  January 2018