What We Do


Our growing organization is comprised of regional and national leaders in multiple industries. We are building capacity for quality improvement and transparency to fulfill our mission of continuously improving maternal health care in the United States. In addition to contributing time and expertise to maternity care and data transparency efforts in various regions of the U.S., we are overseeing the administration and development of two key programs. Do you have a project that our organization can help you implement? We're here to help.



Originally launched as CesareanRates.com on February 9, 2012, the site was renamed CesareanRates.org 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 selecting a hospital.

Phase I (September 2018): Using a special report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our organization published state dashboards with information on maternal morbidity characteristics of labor and delivery not currently accessible in CDC WONDER. This program launched in partnership with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. Read press release

Phase II (Pending fundraising): Research and publication of updated hospital-level cesarean rates, VBAC rates and additional maternity care data. You can help! Sign up to volunteer or donate to the foundation.


Hospital and Provider Outreach

Our organization received a grant from California Health Care Foundation to administer an outreach program to California hospitals and providers from October 2018 through May 2019. Contact us for information to learn how we can help with your campaigns related to maternity care.


Patient/Consumer Community

The Maternal Safety Foundation has a combined social media presence of more than 50,000 consumers and advocates. Topics include access to care, VBAC, patient rights, news on quality improvement efforts in maternity care and more.


Consulting and Advocacy 

The Maternal Safety Foundation's staff and advisory board members are engaged in professional service throughout the country, including a 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 Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement Editorial Board.