Equitable Maternal Health Coalition

Our Vision

To ensure safe, affordable, sustainable and intentionally equitable access to care that advances safe motherhood and healthy pregnancy outcomes, as well as prevents maternal risks and death.

MARCH OF DIMES will:

  • Advance key policies and legislation to address the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis while raising awareness via traditional and social media campaigns.
  • Work with members to create data-driven tools that address racial, ethnic and geographic perinatal health care disparities.
  • Partner to organize a profile-raising event on Capitol Hill in coordination with Hill champions and coalition members to raise awareness of maternal health issues in Congress and ensure the coalition is part of legislative discussions.
  • Research policies and health care strategies that positively impact maternal health at the population level and establish intentionally equitable care for moms and babies as the norm.

History

On November 16, 2018, Johnson & Johnson and American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) convened a Maternal Mortality Roundtable and invited perinatal experts, patient advocates and maternal health champions for a day of open discussion on potential policy and advocacy actions and more effective program implementation. Their goal in catalyzing this effort was to reduce maternal mortality rates in the United States by aligning approaches and harnessing collective expertise and energy to accelerate change and advance solutions.

Roundtable attendees divided into three workgroups focused on policy, research and data, and women’s voices and met throughout 2019 to develop a shared platform informed by the experiences of pregnant women. In late 2019, March of Dimes assumed a role as the backbone organization for the coalition, providing coalition governance and management, policy development and advocacy, data and research, and communication and outreach efforts.

News

2020-21

Steering Committee (Voting)

  • American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
  • Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Johnson & Johnson (Co-Chair)
  • March of Dimes (Co-Chair)
  • National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

Organizational Members (Voting)

  • 1000 Days
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Ariadne Labs
  • AWHONN
  • Black Mamas Matter Alliance
  • Laborie Medical Technologies (formerly Clinical Innovations)
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
  • HealthyWomen
  • H.O.P.E. Registry
  • Human Rights Watch
  • March for Moms
  • Maternal Safety Foundation
  • Momma’s Voices
  • Preeclampsia Foundation
  • Providence St. Joseph Health
  • Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Tara Hansen Foundation
  • The Joint Commission