Maureen P. Corry, MPH, Executive Director, Childbirth Connection

Maureen Corry has thirty years experience as a researcher, educator, advocate and policy analyst focusing on maternal and child health promotion and maternity care quality improvement.  She joined Childbirth Connection (founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association) as executive director in 1995, and has positioned the organization as a powerful and effective advocate for evidence-based maternity care and maternity care quality improvement through research, education, advocacy, and policy. In 2006, she guided the organization through a rebranding process to bring its name, logo and website in line with its contemporary focus.

In 2007, Maureen spearheaded efforts to launch Childbirth Connection’s Transforming Maternity Care initiative focused on improving maternity care quality and value through broad health system improvement. This work resulted in the 2010 release of two direction-setting reports "2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System" and "Blueprint for Action",  published in Women’s Health Issues, and the establishment of a public-private multi-stakeholder Partnership to implement Blueprint steps to improve maternity care quality and value.

Prior to joining Childbirth Connection, Maureen spent 14 years at the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation serving in several positions including National Director of Community Services and National Director of Education and Health Promotion. Her responsibilities included planning and evaluating public and professional education and community service programs to improve birth outcomes.  She directed the nationally recognized workplace prenatal health promotion program, Babies and You, and developed Healthy Babies, Healthy Business: An Employer’s Guidebook for Improving Maternal and Infant Health.
Maureen is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Quality Forum (NQF), and serves as vice chair of NQF’s Consumer Council.  She also served as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the NQF’s National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Perinatal Care Project.  She is also a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Commission on Quality Assurance and the Patient Consumer Advisory Committee of the Center for Medical Technology Policy, and serves on the Advisory Council for Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need. 

Maureen is a frequent speaker at conferences and author of numerous peer reviewed articles and reports. She served as a guest editor of the 2010 Women’s Health Issues Supplement, "Transforming Maternity Care", and is co-author of two supplement reports, "2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System" and Blueprint for Action: Steps Toward a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System.”  In 2002 she served as guest editor of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Supplement, "The Nature and Management of Labor Pain: Peer-Reviewed Papers from an Evidence-based Symposium." She is co-author of a 2008 Milbank Memorial Fund Report, Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve, and co-author of Listening to Mothers: Report of the First National U.S. Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experiences (2002),  Listening to Mothers II: Report of the Second National U.S. Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experiences (2006),  and New Mothers Speak Out: National Survey Results Highlight Women's Postpartum Experiences (2008.)

She reviews and comments on systematic reviews for the Consumer Panel of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group and is co-chair of the steering committee of Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare, affiliated with the United States Cochrane Center.  She received her MPH from Yale School of Public Health in Health Services Administration.

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Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association. Our mission is to improve the quality of maternity care through research, education, advocacy and policy. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.
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