Frequently Asked Questions

​Q: How much does it cost to join?

A: There is no cost to participate. We do ask that participants commit to actively work towards improving maternal care at their institution.


Q: How do I enroll?

A: Participants can enroll here. If you don’t have a profile on IHI.org, you’ll be asked to create one before signing up.

Q: My organization does not fit the criteria for Wave 2 (Community and Safety Net hospitals). How do I express interest in later waves?

A: Subsequent waves will target different hospital cohorts, such as smaller community hospitals and hospitals in rural areas. You can register for Wave 3 (Rural hospitals) here. You can also express interest in participating in future waves here.


Q: Who are the program faculty?

A: Core faculty will be Dr. Audra Meadows, MD, MPH and Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN. You can read more about them on our Faculty page. Additional Faculty and guest speakers will be featured throughout the virtual programming and across asynchronous resources.


Q: What kind of coaching can I expect?

A: Spread out among the eight content calls will be regular coaching calls for participants. These sessions provide an opportunity for participants to get questions answered about the application of improvement science to the changes ideas shared in content calls. Both clinical content faculty and improvement science faculty will be available to help answer questions and troubleshoot challenges teams are facing in their organization’s improvement efforts. Additionally, teams will be able to connect with one other and share ideas. Each wave also has a listserv where questions and resources can be shared across teams.


Q: What is the time commitment? How often will calls take place?

A: Webinars will take place approximately twice per month, with the option to join additional coaching calls with IHI improvement experts and/or clinicians or researchers. We know that clinicians have busy schedules and may not always be able to join the calls in real time, so webinars will be recorded. In between calls, there will be suggested activities aimed at supporting your team’s learning and improvement work.


Q: Which members of my team should participate?

A: We encourage you to participate in the wave as a team. All types of providers as well as any members of your team who support patient care and quality improvement at your facility are welcome to participate. At a minimum, we recommend having physicians and nurses represented. We also strongly encourage including a patient advisor or partner on your team.  It is our experience that for system improvements to be sustainable, teams need to have all aspects of the system represented, including those your institution serves.


Q: What data do I need to commit to sharing?

A: We know improvement work is most effective when teams use local data to drive improvement. We encourage you to use data to support your improvement efforts; however, IHI will not be asking participants to share hospital-level data. We will ask participants to share their improvement work on calls and participate in polls and other interactive activities throughout the virtual program. At the end of the program, we will ask participants to complete a follow-up survey and participate in qualitative interviews to help IHI improve our approach to most effectively support future participants.


Q: What happens at the end of the 6-month wave? Will we continue to get support from IHI?

A: Webinars and wave-specific coaching calls will end after 6 months, but participants will continue to have access to resources from IHI through regular newsletters, our website resource center, and online Forums. There will also be ongoing virtual programming that will be open and available to anyone throughout future waves.


Q: Can participants receive continuing education credits for participation?

A: We regret that we are not able to offer CEUs as part of this program due to that nature of our funding from Merck for Mothers.


Q: How is this initiative related to the work I do with my state Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC) and/or with the AIM program?

A: The programming in the Network is intended to complement the work happening through PQCs and AIM affiliated collaborations. IHI programming will focus on advancing highly reliable, respectful, equitable clinical care with a focus on the quality improvement tools and methods needed to successfully implement and sustain best practices at a facility level. We encourage you to stay engaged and involved in initiatives happening at the state level, such as your state PQC. IHI’s goal for the network is to support and accelerate the work you are already doing and provide unique opportunities to share and learn from other providers. For hospitals in states that do not have an active PQC or are not engaged with PQC and AIM efforts, this network can provide additional support and structure for your local improvement efforts. We know that every state and every facility face unique challenges. If you have specific questions, please reach out to our team and we will help navigate what might work for you.