The Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI) officially kicked off in May 2013 and is working with more than 10,000 healthcare providers and approximately 131 birthing facilities to develop and implement standard approaches for handling obstetric emergencies associated with maternal mortality and morbidity. The SMI focuses on the three leading causes of maternal death – obstetric hemorrhage (severe bleeding), venous thromboembolism (blood clots), and severe hypertension in pregnancy (high blood pressure).
Clinical experts gather quarterly and are representative of varying levels of hospital care throughout the state. These experts developed and are finalizing “maternity safety bundles” for obstetric hospitals. A variety of clinical tools will compliment these bundles and may consist of checklists, algorithms, and laminated posters targeted to hospitals’ implementation needs. At the end of the three years, hospitals will be able to tout their improvements as a “Safe Motherhood” institution should they meet specific requirements to reduce adverse outcomes associated with obstetric hemorrhage, venous thromboembolism, and severe hypertension in pregnancy.
The SMI is the result of a three-year grant award from Merck for Mothers, a philanthropic campaign formed to combat the national and international maternal mortality crisis.
About Merck for Mothers
Merck for Mothers is a 10-year, $500 million initiative focused on creating a world where no woman dies giving life. Drawing on the company's history of discovering innovative, life-saving medicines and vaccines, Merck for Mothers is applying Merck's scientific and business expertise – as well as its financial resources and experience in taking on tough global healthcare challenges – to reduce maternal mortality around the world. Merck for Mothers is focused on access to quality care, product innovation, and awareness and advocacy. For more information:
Collaborations in the U.S.
Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC)
New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP)
New York State American Academy of Pediatrics (NYSAAP)
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (Project States: Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Ohio) is strengthening state-based maternal mortality review boards across states to translate lessons learned into policies and practices that improve maternal health outcomes.
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (Project States: Georgia, New Jersey, Washington, D.C.) is working to improve current responses to postpartum hemorrhage (excessive bleeding) to increase clinicians’ ability to recognize and treat women.
California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (Project State: California) is using innovative large-scale implementation strategies with all birthing facilities in the state to adopt quality improvement toolkits for obstetric hemorrhage (severe bleeding) and preeclampsia (high blood pressure) to help reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.
Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership (Project City: New York, New York) is offering preventative programs to reduce the incidence of chronic health conditions among women of reproductive age.
Staff Contact Information
Donna Montalto, MPP
Kristin Zielinski, MA, MPP
Director of Medical Education
Manager of Medical Education & Patient Safety
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), District II
152 Washington Avenue, Suite 300
Albany, New York 12210