• Raising awareness of the major issues that contribute to high rates of maternal mortality
  • Supporting organizations that provide important wrap-around maternity services
  • Developing a state-wide Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC)
  • Redesigning and implementing enhanced pregnancy protocols and payment models that cover increased use of midwives and doulas


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WHAMglobal is on a mission to identify the root causes of maternal mortality and better understand how we as a region support and care for moms and families through the entirety of their care. We are dedicated to improving birth outcomes for women & babies.

Maternal mortality is a public health crisis with serious disparities. In the U.S., maternal mortality rates are nearly four times higher for black women than for white women.

Maternal deaths are often attributed to the U.S. high rate of untreated chronic disease and a decline in access to obstetrical care, particularly in rural areas.



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The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is nearly three times higher than in any other developed country, and is rising at a time when other countries are reducing maternal deaths.