Program Impact

DC Safe Babies Safe Moms Community Impact

Committed to creating sustainable change in maternal health in Washington, DC

Improving maternal and infant health outcomes is one of the most urgent challenges facing the District of Columbia.

Washington, DC has some of the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality in the country. Black birthing people are at much greater risk of poor maternal health outcomes than their white counterparts, even when education and employment levels are similar.

Through the DC Safe Babies Safe Moms initiative and critical partnerships with community partners Community of Hope and Mamatoto Village, we are working to create a continuum of care that ensures birthing people, their babies, and their families receive the resources they need to thrive from pregnancy through early childhood, regardless of race or neighborhood.

Our Goal

Reduce maternal and infant mortality in Washington, DC by 25% in the next five years

Impact to Date

DC Safe Babies Safe Moms By The Numbers

  • 18,000+

    patients’ lives touched


  • 5,500+

    babies born under our care


  • 2,000+

    visits per month


  • 19

    perinatal care coordinators, diabetes educators, and social workers added to staff


  • 68

    patients supported through our medical-legal partnership


  • $2,200

    worth of transportation support provided


Program Milestones to Date

  • March 2022: OB Specialty Services at MedStar Washington Hospital Center opens to offer comprehensive perinatal care services in one integrated clinic

  • February 2022: Community of Hope announces high-risk obstetrics specialist at Community of Hope’s Conway Health and Resource Center in Ward 8.

  • June 2021: Integrated social determinants of health screenings and referrals across the full spectrum of perinatal care delivery

  • May 2021: Community of Hope launches onsite sonography services with three hand-held ultrasound machines, dramatically increasing accessibility to sonography services in Wards 7 and 8

  • April 2021: Received national designation as a ZERO TO THREE HealthySteps site

  • September 2021: Expanded access to BabyScripts and remote hypertension monitoring

  • January 2021: Began offering embedded continuous learning around cultural sensitivity, implicit bias, and trauma-informed practice for all care team members

  • November 2020: Launch