HMHB was founded in 1981, prompted by the US Surgeon General’s conference on infant mortality. Six lead organizations established the informal coalition to improve the quality and reach of public and professional education related to prenatal and infant care: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the National Congress of Parents and Teachers and the US Public Health Service.
Who We Are Today
The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) is a recognized leader and resource in maternal and child health, reaching an estimated 10 million health care professionals, parents, and policymakers through its membership of over 100 local, state and national organizations.
The Power of Partnerships
Enhanced by a network of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies state and local coalitions, HMHB creates partnerships among community groups, nonprofits, professional associations, businesses and government agencies. HMHB’s mission is to improve the health and safety of mothers, babies and families through educational materials and collaborative partnerships.
HMHB believes in…
- A child’s right to be born healthy and raised in a safe and nurturing environment
- Equal access to quality health care
- A collective voice to facilitate change
- Eliminating health disparities among all populations
- Cultural competence and respect for diversity
- Education to encourage healthy choices