Providing Maternity Care to the Underserved: A Comparative Case Study of Three Maternity Care Models Serving Women in Washington, D.C.

Providing Maternity Care to the Underserved: A Comparative Case Study of Three Maternity Care Models Serving Women in Washington, D.C.

According to a new report from the Urban Institute, the District of Columbia is home to some of the worst pregnancy outcomes in the country, including very high rates of infant mortality, pre-term birth, low birth weight, and cesarean sections. Funded by the Commonwealth Fund, the report, Providing Maternity Care to the Underserved: A Comparative Case Study of Three Maternity Care Models Serving Women in Washington, D.C. (91 pages, PDF), examines three maternity care models in the city — an obstetric clinic at a teaching hospital, a safety-net clinic, and a birth center — to determine how maternity services are delivered to women, what composes the content of the care, and how the care is perceived by women and providers. A follow-up report will provide a comparative analysis of each model and will discuss the implication of models of maternity care on cost-effectiveness and service-delivery efficiency.