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IHI Joining Efforts to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Disparities in Maternal Care


Supported by a grant from Merck for Mothers, leading health and
health care innovator seeks to spread evidence-based practices and
address birth equity.

Having a baby can be a healthy and joyful experience, but each year, an
estimated 750 women die in the United States as a result of
complications of childbirth, and more than 50,000 suffer serious
complications. African-American women are disproportionally affected,
with maternal mortality rates estimated to be three to four times higher
than those of white women.

Seeking to improve outcomes for all women and babies in the US and
reduce disparities in maternal health, the Institute
for Healthcare Improvement
(IHI), a leader in health and health care
improvement worldwide, is beginning a large-scale, three-year project
supported by a grant from Merck
for Mothers
. The goals are to spread the use of evidence-based care
practices to reduce complications such as hemorrhaging, hypertension,
and blood clots; deploy strategies to reduce disparities in maternal
outcomes; and partner with women, their caregivers, health care
providers, and community initiatives to better learn and address factors
that improve health outcomes for mothers and newborns.

"IHI has proven experience in helping health care providers adopt and
scale up best practices that save lives across whole systems, regions,
and countries," said Trissa Torres, MD, MSPH, FACPM, Chief
Operations and North America Programs Officer, IHI. "We believe that by
forging partnerships with others working on these problems and combining
existing expertise with IHI's improvement methodology, we can
significantly improve care delivery outcomes for new and expectant
mothers. In addition to ensuring hospitals provide the best and safest
care when urgent needs arise, another goal of this work is to learn more
about what it takes to improve the experience of birth, particularly for
women of color. We are committed to partnering with birth equity leaders
on that learning journey."

Merck for Mothers is Merck's 10-year, $500 million initiative to help
create a world where no woman dies giving life. Since it began in 2011,
the program has expanded to more than 30 countries (outside of the US
and Canada, it is known as MSD for Mothers), potentially reaching 6
million women, and specifically focusing on better access to quality
maternal care and family planning services.

"IHI offers a track record of successful collaboration and coalition
building in maternal health and safety," said Mary-Ann Etiebet,
Executive Director, Merck for Mothers. "Building on our previous support
of large-scale quality improvement efforts, this project offers the
opportunity to foster partnerships with clinicians and organizations and
to make a strong impact to turn the tide on maternal death and
complication rates here in the US."

About the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
IHI is
a leader in health and health care improvement worldwide. For more than
25 years, IHI has partnered with visionaries, leaders, and frontline
practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve
the health of individuals and populations. Recognized as an innovator,
convener, trustworthy partner, and driver of results, IHI is the first
place to turn for expertise, help, and encouragement for anyone,
anywhere who wants to change health and health care profoundly for the
better. Learn more at

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