Strategies to Promote Maternal Health Equity: The Role of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives

Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Oct 1;142(4):821-830. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000005347. Epub 2023 Sep 7.


Perinatal quality improvement is a method to increase obstetric safety and promote health equity. Increasing trends of maternal deaths, life-threatening complications of pregnancy, and persistent racial inequities are unacceptable. This Narrative Review examines the role and strategies of perinatal quality initiatives and collaboratives to deliver safe and equitable maternity care and the evidence of demonstrated success. Key strategies to promote maternal equity through perinatal quality include communicating equity as a priority through leadership, leveraging data and enhancing surveillance, engaging in strategic partnerships, engaging community, educating clinicians, and implementing practice recommendations through collaboration.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Family
  • Female
  • Health Equity*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Maternal Health
  • Maternal Health Services*
  • Pregnancy