In August, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation formally announced our partnership with Childbirth Connection to establish the Maternity Care Shared Decision Making Initiative. Childbirth Connection has been a leading voice in maternity care quality improvement for over 90 years. "In today's environment, women need access to evidence-based decision tools to help them navigate the complex maternity care system and make informed decisions for a safe and healthy birth. We are excited about the project and can't wait to get started," says Maureen Corry, Childbirth Connection's executive director.
As many of our colleagues are spread across the country, our summer meeting is an opportunity for the many individuals who work on behalf of the Foundation to gather and reflect on what everyone has accomplished in the previous year and to get energized about upcoming projects. We were honored to have Otis Brawley, chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, as well as the author of “How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks about Being Sick in America” as our keynote speaker this year. In addition to our keynote presentation, we had a stellar lineup of interactive and thought provoking sessions on Foundation-supported projects from staff, medical editors and esteemed guests.
We are kicking off our "Shared Decision Making Month Along the Continuum of Care" week with a post from Maureen Corry who has served as executive director of Childbirth Connection since 1995, positioning the organization as a powerful and effective advocate for evidence-based maternity care and maternity care quality improvement. We asked Maureen a few questions about shared decision making and its potential to improve the quality of maternal health.
Maureen has served as executive director of Childbirth Connection since 1995, positioning the organization as a powerful and effective advocate for evidence-based maternity care and maternity care quality improvement. She has 30 years experience as a researcher, educator, and policy analyst on maternal and newborn health issues. Maureen is co-leading the multi-year maternity initiative in collaboration with the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the AMA/Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement Maternity Workgroup. She also serves as co-chair of the 2012 National Priorities Partnership/Partnership for Patients Maternity Care Action Team, which is working to catalyze action to improve maternity care for mothers and babies. Maureen holds an MPH in health administration from Yale School of Public Health.