Category: Maternal mortality and morbidity

May 10, 2021

How midwives help outcomes for women and babies

The United States experiences unprecedentedly high rates of maternal deaths. In a study that compares the United States to 10 other developed countries, women in the United States had the highest ratio of maternal deaths. For example, there were 17.7 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in the United States compared to 1.7 maternal deaths...

May 3, 2021

Midwives can help to address inconsistent access to maternity care and disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes

The United States is one of the most dangerous places to give birth in the industrialized world, as the maternal mortality rate has increased over the last several decades. With that as context, it is important to understand the connection between access to care and overall outcomes. There are significant racial disparities in maternal health...

April 26, 2021

How are midwives regulated in Ohio?

Currently, only Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are the only legally-enabled professional midwife type who can practice in Ohio. As established in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 4723.41, there are several requirements for CNMs, including licensure as an advanced practice nurse and an application to practice in the specialty and pay a license fee.[1] Also, as...

April 19, 2021

What is a midwife?

For the past several years, Community Solutions has raised awareness of poor maternal and infant health outcomes by advocating for policy changes that would increase the availability of data; eliminate racism, discrimination and prejudice in the health care system; and to increase insurance access for low-income mothers. Recently, however, we have identified that for favorable...

April 12, 2021

Disparities in maternal deaths persist, what role can midwives play in reducing deaths and disparities?

For the last several years, The Center for Community Solutions has focused much of our research and advocacy on understanding and reducing the maternal mortality and morbidity rates for Ohio’s women. Despite bringing more attention to the issue of maternal mortality over the last several years, the United States remains one of the most dangerous...

March 15, 2021

Maternal and infant health remains top priority in state budget

By: Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate Natasha Takyi-Micah, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate For the past several years, Community Solutions has been committed to examining and improving maternal and infant health for families in our state. By analyzing disaggregated maternal mortality data, infant mortality reports and other critical statistics such as birth records,...

January 18, 2021

Community Solutions’ 2022-23 budget priorities

The past year has been unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic, a resulting economic crisis and a reckoning on deep and persistent racial disparities in the state and country should shape the state’s 2022-2023 budget deliberations. The Center for Community Solutions has developed budget priorities that are informed by this landscape and the pressing issues...

January 4, 2021

Doulas play crucial role in maternal health

Throughout our coverage of developments in maternal and infant health, policies and initiatives, we have continuously referred to doulas as a key part of a pregnant woman’s support team. In fact, we even testified before the Ohio Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee on why we believe doulas should be eligible for Medicaid reimbursement...

December 21, 2020

Community Solutions invited to join Ohio Council to Advance Maternal Health

This fall, Community Solutions was invited to join the Ohio Council to Advance Maternal Health (OH-CAMH). Housed at the Ohio Department of Health, OH-CAMH began its work in 2020 in response to funding from the federal government to address the maternal health crisis facing women across the state and country. Community Solutions is proud to...