Maternity & Child Health Home

Committed to Healthy New Lives

Each year, New Jersey’s birthing hospitals welcome more than 100,000 babies into the world. Our collective goal is to ensure that each one of those mothers and babies has every opportunity for a lifetime of good health. That requires a broad and coordinated effort by public health officials, hospitals, primary care sites and other healthcare stakeholders – as well as engaged and empowered patients who are heard and respected as partners in their care.


Patient Safety

Collaboration and data drive our efforts to help make New Jersey the safest place in the nation to deliver a baby.




Harm Reduction

Find tools and resources to combat maternal hemorrhage, neonatal abstinence syndrome and other preventable harms.




Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

The Neonatal Abstinence Consensus Initiative, in partnership with the NJ Department of Health, outlines priorities and action steps.


Health Equity

We’re working with stake- holders statewide to close the racial disparity gap for black and brown families.




Shared Learning

Shared learning – from care bundles to webinars – powers our work to improve N.J. birth outcomes.





COVID-19 presents new challenges in prenatal and postnatal care. Find the latest guidance and resources.



About Us

Founded in 1918, NJHA has a long history of convening and educating hospitals, health systems and the broader provider community on patient safety and quality improvement. That tradition has powered NJHA’s decades-long work through its Quality Institute and as a federally recognized quality improvement network. It also is the driving force behind NJHA’s designation, now in its fifth year, to lead the N.J. Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Our focus areas include unnecessary C-sections; birth complications such as maternal hemorrhage; sepsis; racial, ethnic and geographic disparities; neonatal abstinence syndrome; and the new challenges presented by COVID-19.

Our efforts within the provider community have helped achieve significant declines in New Jersey’s C-section rate, greater compliance with care bundles and increased breastfeeding acceptance. But we know much more work remains to achieve further improvement, including reducing disparities in outcomes and mortality for women and infants of color.

Along with First Lady Tammy Murphy, the state Department of Health, Nurture NJ, New Jersey’s birthing hospitals and maternal health stakeholders statewide, we remain committed to making New Jersey the safest place in the nation to deliver and raise a baby.

For more information on NJHA’s activities to improve maternal and child health,