Making Obstetrics and Maternity Safer


Pregnancy and childbirth is a joyous and safe experience for the majority of mothers in the United States, and ob-gyns play the leading role in delivering this care. Yet the US lags behind other industrialized nations in healthy births, and we know very little about why. Congress and the federal government have important roles to play by helping fund major research initiatives to help us understand the links and effective strategies to help ensure safe births and healthy babies.

ACOG's MOMS Initiative is a multi-pronged approach that will help the US develop and implement evidence-based interventions to improve maternal health. Please see our MOMS Campaign information below.

FREE MOMS Initiative Info Kit - Order Form

Did You Know?

Data Comparisons

Controversies in Maternal Health


Health Disparities

Medical Liability

Fact Sheets:

Maternity Care By the Numbers

Quality Improvement in Maternity Care


Health Disparities

Obesity and Maternal Health

Maternal Health Building Blocks

IOM Report

HR 894 - Maternal Health Accountability Act
The Maternal Health Accountability Act would provide grants to States to start up or enhance existing Maternal Mortality Review (MMR) Committees. MMRs examine pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths to identify ways to prevent future deaths. Only about half of all states have active committees today, leaving a large gap in our knowledge base. The bill puts improved data to work through demonstration projects to eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes.

Why We Need This Bill/What Does The Bill Do?

Section-By-Section Bill Summary

Read the Full Bill

ACOG Immediate Past President Richard Waldman, MD, FACOG Speaks Out In Support of HR 894 at Congressional Briefing 

View Powerpoint of Dr. Waldman's Presentation

Is Your Representative a Co-Sponsor?


Additional Information:

Obstetric Care Consensus #2, "Levels of Maternal Care" 

Dr. Waldman's Letter to Congress

Testimony of Dr. Hal C. Lawrence before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health

ACOG's MOMS Initiative

Practice Bulletin on VBAC

Maternity Care: By the Numbers Citation


Government Affairs Staff 
Mailing Address:
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Washington, DC 20090-6920
Phone (202) 863-2509
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American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188 | Mailing Address: PO Box 70620, Washington, DC 20024-9998