How the Transforming Maternity Care Project Was Carried Out

The following diagram depicts work undertaken over a 2 1/2 year period resulting in the direction setting 2010 report, “Blueprint for Action: Steps Toward a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System.”

To help set the project direction, Childbirth Connection conducted key informant interviews with several dozen national health care quality improvement leaders and innovators, and summarized lessons learned from key informant interviews.

To help plan, carry out and report results of the project, Childbirth Connection convened a multi-disciplinary Steering Committee of national leaders. The Steering Committee designated the Milbank Report Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve as a background document clarifying challenges and opportunities for improving maternity care, guided all remaining project steps, and issued the resulting “Blueprint for Action.”

A multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary Vision Team collaborated to develop a “2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System.”

Five stakeholder workgroups were convened to identify challenges and priority actions for their sector to undertake to move expeditiously toward the 2020 Vision.

Stakeholder workgroup chairs presented their reports and recommendations at an invitational policy symposium commemorating Childbirth Connection’s 90th anniversary. Transforming Maternity Care: A High Value Proposition was held at Georgetown University, Washington DC, in April 2009. Invited discussants, moderators and the audience provided comments to strengthen the reports and recommendations. A commissioned paper on Medicaid maternity care was also presented and discussed, and Childbirth Connection awarded the first Maternity Quality Matters Award to the Seton Family of Hospitals for demonstrated improvements in maternity care quality. There were numerous symposium co-sponsors and supporters (PDF).

The Steering Committee synthesized the workgroup reports and additional feedback into a direction-setting document, “Blueprint for Action: Steps Toward a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System.”

The “2020 Vision” and “Blueprint for Action” were released at a Transforming Maternity Care project briefing at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Washington DC office on January 28, 2010, which you can listen to online. Childbirth Connection and many partners are currently focused on Blueprint implementation.

Childbirth Connection deeply appreciates the extraordinary support provided by the many individuals who participated on project leadership groups and by symposium sponsors. Childbirth Connection is especially indebted to the Transforming Birth Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for generous multi-year support for the Transforming Maternity Care Project.