Maryland Hospitals are Committed to Maternal Health


MHA and Maryland hospitals are actively engaged in implementing system-wide equity plans to ensure equitable access to health care for women before, during, and after pregnancy. By signing the Maternal Health Commitment, Maryland hospitals pledge to address the immediate factors leading to severe maternal morbidity within hospital settings and the broader pre-existing conditions, environmental factors, and health care elements contributing to the overall risk of severe maternal morbidity and mortality. The collaborative efforts extend beyond hospital boundaries involving partnerships with provider groups and trusted community-based organizations to achieve an ambitious goal to reduce severe maternal morbidity by nearly 20% by the year 2026. 


Commitment to Improve Maternal Health
 
Equitable Access to Health Care for Women

Ensuring equal access to health care is crucial and hospitals strive to support women comprehensively before, during, and after their pregnancies. Because fostering a healthy pregnancy requires the collective efforts of the community, here are the collaborative initiatives and programs Maryland hospitals are involved in.

Equitable Access to Health Care
 
 
 

Birth Outcomes Accountability Work Group

MHA's member-led Birth Outcomes Accountability Work Group convenes physicians, hospital executives, and other leaders in the maternal and child health field in Maryland to improve maternal health equity. The group reviews data encompassing severe maternal morbidity, shares best practices and recommends strategies to address barriers to maternal health equity. The goal of the Birth Outcomes Accountability Work Group is to encourage hospitals to create perinatal quality structures that are robust, meaningful, multidisciplinary, and data driven.


Maryland Maternal Health Programs 


Maryland hospitals are placing a significant emphasis on collaborative efforts to counteract elevated maternal morbidity and mortality rates, as well as longstanding disparities by working with organizations like: 

The Maryland Patient Safety Center and the Maryland Hospital Association have partnered to create educational tools for non-obstetric providers to address the substantial disparity in maternal morbidity rate for Black birthing people in Maryland. This effort to help providers and patients recognize early warning signs and identify and mitigate their biases will amplify the implicit bias training and expansion of perinatal resources throughout the state.



Birth Equity