The goal of the Collaborative is to improve care, experiences, and outcomes for, by, and with Black mothers and birthing people during hospital births. We will facilitate shifts in birth culture and care in the hospital setting by prioritizing the voices and lived experiences of Black people who have given birth in California. We will also acknowledge the prior work of Black women-led CBOs and seek to amplify their knowledge, leadership and contributions through sharing of best practices and partnering with them throughout the initiative.

Over the course of the two-year pilot initiative, the Collaborative will work together with three hospitals and community stakeholders with the goal of developing and testing:

  • a patient-reported experience metric (PREM)
  • online interactive and interprofessional educational modules
  • best practices for sustainable community-hospital partnerships in order to align community and hospital expectations around the birth experience

The two-year goal of the Collaborative is the development of a Birth Equity Quality Improvement Toolkit, or “how-to guide,” reflecting learnings and tested interventions appropriate for widespread dissemination.

The success that California has achieved in the significant reduction in maternal mortality rates is a direct reflection of the outcomes that are possible when collaboration exists around a patient safety concern. The existing data and literature evidence has provided the impetus to formalize an action plan to address this racial equity issue. With our California Birth Equity Collaborative pilot, CMQCC aims to transform birth care for Black mothers and birthing people together with Black women-led CBOs and our hospital partners.