Welcome to the MCH Innovations Database, a searchable database of effective practices grounded in practice-based evidence that positively impact maternal and child health. Practices are assessed along a practice continuum and receive a designation of Cutting-Edge, Emerging, Promising, or Best depending on the amount of evidence demonstrating their work’s impact, among other criteria. 

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Policy Development


The MMRC was created by the DC City Council in consultation with the DC Department of Health (DOH) to identify the causes of maternal mortality in DC and determine actions that can be taken to decrease the rate.

Best Practice

Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait

Kentucky's preterm birth rate continues to be above the national average. This program allows local health departments to collaborate with local birthing hospitals or providers to address comprehensive care and modifiable risk factors.

Promising Practice

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Consumer Education Initiative

The March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait® (HBWW) program is a community-based initiative to decrease preventable premature birth

Cutting-Edge Practice

GROWTH with Doulas and Dads

The GROWTH Doula project provides pregnant women with the direct home visitation and Doula support that promotes healthy births, bonding, and mother/child attachment. The program provides prenatal support services, health education, mentoring, hospital labor and delivery assistance, breastfeeding, and nutrition support.

Promising Practice

On-Demand Telesimulation in Maternal-Newborn Care and Clinical Lactation

Go beyond boring webinars! On-Demand Telesimulation is the first and only online program for live, clinical practice with pregnant or lactating patients and their newborns. Healthcare professionals who complete telesimulations receive oral and written feedback on their clinical performance relevant to lactation support and maternal-newborn care.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Perinatal Continuum of Care

The Perinatal Continuum of Care tool illustrates the myriad services that new and expectant families frequently encounter and describe opportunities to address perinatal mental health across these service sectors, highlights opportunities for providers from across sectors to support mental health and wellbeing for parents, caregivers, babies and families during pregnancy and early parenting and demonstrates that we all have a role to play in helping families find the supports they need to thrive.

Promising Practice

Infant-Toddler Court Teams (based on the Safe Babies Court Team™ approach)

Infant-Toddler Court Teams are a collaborative practice that improves, aligns, and integrates systems and builds community capacity to advance the health and well-being of very young children and families who become involved with the child welfare system. The practice is driven by an overarching vision of prevention, in which systems-integration and capacity building strengthens family protective factors and addresses the social determinants of health.

Emerging Practice

The Ohio Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review: The Use of Simulation Training to Prepare for Obstetric Emergencies

This project sought to reduce pregnancy-related maternal deaths by implementing a series of simulation trainings for medical and nursing staff working primarily within low-resource birthing centers in Ohio. T

Promising Practice

Women’s Health Education Navigation (WHEN) Program

The WHEN Program includes preconception/interconception health education, case management, patient navigation, and linkage to community-based services for women and infants who are justice-involved to increase the incidence of healthy pregnancies, positive birth outcomes, and healthy infants.

Emerging Practice

Text4Baby & SoonerCare

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) is the first and only state Medicaid agency to implement an automatic notification process for SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid program) members to easily opt-in to receive Text4baby messages - the nation’s largest and only free mobile health messaging service for pregnant women and mothers with infants under age one.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Mothers Rising Home Visiting Program

The Mothers Rising Home Visiting program (MRHV) integrates social and health intervention methods employing social proximity, cultural congruence, MV Perinatal Health Worker training, and a 3-generation approach to yield improved perinatal outcomes and social conditions for black women, creating stability for the family unit, and improving trajectories for multiple generations and the greater community.