Defining, Creating and Sustaining Optimal Maternal Health

A Statement from the Raising the Bar Expert Advisory Group

Optimal maternal health is rooted in good health status prior to pregnancy, anchored in healthy communities and healthy families, and enabled by health-supporting structures, policies, programs, and practices.

To truly raise the bar in health care and achieve optimal maternal health, the health care system must center and prioritize maternal and infant care given its long-term impact across the life course.