The Maternal Safety Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to patient safety, transparency and education.

Our Mission


The Maternal Safety Foundation's mission is to continuously improve the quality and safety of maternal health care in the United States.

The organization was founded with a vision of safe, accessible, risk-appropriate pregnancy and postpartum care for all and a goal of collaborating with the organizations and agencies working together to improve patient safety in maternity care. Read more



Originally launched as on February 9, 2012, the site was renamed on April 20, 2018, with a goal of providing educational information for clinicians and hospital leaders on cesarean birth rates, measurement and reporting, dashboards of progress toward meeting national goals, as well as serving as a resource of actionable information for consumers to use for selecting a hospital. More info


The number of women giving birth with a previous cesarean annually is 600,000, or 15 percent of the birthing population. That is three-fold higher than in 1980, and the number has risen steadily as cesarean rates skyrocketed in the United States. Reported rates of Placenta Accreta Spectrum disorders and severe maternal morbidity resulting from postpartum hemorrhage have risen parallel to the overall cesarean rate. Our preliminary data analysis of hospital-level data on VBAC (vaginal birth after a previous cesarean) showed that VBAC is routinely available at only half of hospitals. More info


Our hospital certification program rewards and promotes excellence in maternal health and safety for patients with a prior cesarean birth while identifying areas for improvement at the local and regional levels in a constructive manner. The program is intended to extend the boundaries of existing quality measures by implementing a accountability framework for minimum facility standards for maternal and perinatal safety and rewarding and marketing high achievement. The MCOE program uses current professional consensus documents to promote alignment between professional societies, ratings organizations and consumers regarding maternal safety measures and methods. Launching September 17


The Maternal Safety Foundation's staff and advisory board members are engaged in professional service throughout the country, including service to the National Quality Forum’s Perinatal and Women’s Health Standing Committee, the Ariadne Labs Delivery Decision Initiative, CMQCC’s Maternal Data Center Steering Committee and the Medicaid Core Measure Set Workgroup convened by Mathematica. Contact us if you need a patient/consumer representative to partner with your organization or to speak at an event.