In April 2011, nine national professional, consumer, and human rights organizations announced the formation of the Coalition for Quality Maternal Care (CQMC) to champion the urgent need for national strategies to improve the quality and value of maternal and newborn health care in America. (Read the press release.)
CQMC works to establish national strategies to ensure access to affordable, high quality maternity care for all women and infants. It seeks to achieve this goal by removing barriers to optimal maternal health practice, promoting models of care that are evidence-based, improving maternity care choices for women, and reducing disparities in maternal and newborn health outcomes. In the US, profound racial disparity in maternal mortality persists. African American women are more than three times more likely to die in childbirth than white women.
The steering committee and founding members of CQMC are: the American Association of Birth Centers; American College of Nurse-Midwives; Amnesty International USA; Association of Women?s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; Black Women?s Health Imperative; Childbirth Connection; International Center for Traditional Childbearing; Midwives Alliance of North America; and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives.
The following organizations have partnered with CQMC: Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum; Black Women for Wellness; Centering for Healthcare Institute; Lamaze International; March of Dimes; Mocha Moms; National Center for Lesbian Rights; National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association; National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; National Partnership for Women and Families; National Women's Health Network; US Breastfeeding Committee.
CQMC endorses federal legislation that promotes quality maternity care and advocates for continued funding for maternal and newborn health priorities.
Actions Taken by the Coalition
Joining the Coalition
Other organizations may join the CQMC as a member. CQMC alerts its member organizations to opportunities to help ensure quality maternal health care in the United States, for example by helping advance CQMC-endorsed federal legislation, or contributing to efforts to raise awareness about the importance of maternal health care and build a strong constituency in support of the issue. Each call to action would be accompanied by suggestions as to how member organizations can participate in these legislative and other opportunities -- by mobilizing your affiliates, speaking out in your community, or otherwise. The CQMC invites member organizations to participate in whatever way you can, and there is no obligation to support actions or endorsements of the CQMC. CQMC membership is free of charge.
For more information about the CQMC and how to become a member organization, please contact Lorrie Kline Kaplan, Executive Director of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, at (240) 485-1810 ([email protected]).