Maternal and Child Health


My Birth Matters Campaign

Cesarean sections (C-sections) can be important and even lifesaving in some circumstances. However, studies also have found that overuse of C-sections may result in harm and poor outcomes for mothers and babies. In the last few years across California, many health care providers, payers, purchasers, and policymakers have been working to reduce the unwarranted variation in low-risk, first-birth C-sections. A key goal is to ensure that C-sections are only being performed when they are absolutely needed.


CMQCC Maternal QI Academy

Building quality improvement interdisciplinary teams where a culture of safety and quality is part of their core DNA is critical to mitigating challenges faced by hospitals as they work to sustain quality improvements and achieve a culture of continuous quality improvement. The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) is partnering with Blue Shield of California to develop and implement a program aimed at sustained maternal quality improvement (QI) by providing hospital teams with the necessary knowledge and tools.


Best Practices and Events Affecting Cesarean Delivery Rates in California
PONDR Report

One of every eight babies born in the United States is born in California. Of those births, three in 10 are delivered by cesarean. Many California hospitals, big and small, have instituted processes to maintain low cesarean delivery
rates. To understand the practices of rural and community hospitals that have maintained a low cesarean delivery rate, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) received a grant from CHCF to study these California birthing hospitals and their processes in a project titled, Promoting Optimal NTSV Delivery Rates (PONDR).