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NORC studies the full range of factors that can improve maternal outcomes in the U.S.

An unacceptably high number of women in the U.S. die during or after childbirth every year. The risk for pregnancy-related death is also higher for certain women (i.e., non-Hispanic Black women and American Indian/Alaska Native women) compared with non-Hispanic White women. 

NORC has helped a variety of agencies and organizations identify which policies and programs are working to improve maternal health in the U.S. and what can be done to reduce health disparities in maternal outcomes. Among many other projects, NORC designed and is implementing the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) mixed methods Maternal Health Portfolio Evaluation, which uses a health equity lens to assess the impact of HRSA awardees who are working to improve maternal health in the country.

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Maternal Health Experts

Highlighted Projects

Reproductive Health Impact Study (RHIS)

Examining impact of federal and state policy changes on reproductive health care and patient outcomes


Guttmacher Institute with funding from a private foundation

Understanding CRNA Contributions to OB Care in Rural & Underserved Areas

Using mixed-methods evaluation and data linkage to study the experiences of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs)


American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation