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Maureen Corry, MPH

Executive Director
Childbirth Connection
260 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212/777-5000, Ext. 1
E-mail: corry@childbirthconnection.org

Maureen Corry, MPH, has over 30 years' experience as a researcher, educator, advocate, and policy analyst focusing on maternal and infant health promotion and policy and maternity care quality improvement. She joined Childbirth Connection (founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association) as executive director in 1995 and has positioned the organization as a powerful and effective advocate for evidence-based maternity care and maternity care quality improvement.

In 2007, Ms. Corry led efforts to launch Childbirth Connection’s Transforming Maternity Care initiative focused on improving maternity care quality and value through consumer engagement and health system transformation. More than 100 diverse stakeholders participated in a consensus development process resulting in the release of two direction-setting reports, "2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System" and "Blueprint for Action" (Women’s Health Issues, 2010). The "Blueprint for Action" includes priority recommendations in 11 critical focus areas for moving toward the "2020 Vision," including shared decision making. This resulted in the establishment of Expecting More, a multi-year collaboration with the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making to develop, disseminate, and evaluate maternity decision aids and other decision support resources for childbearing women.

Ms. Corry is co-author of a 2008 Milbank Memorial Fund Report, "Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve," and co-investigator of Childbirth Connection’s three national Listening to Mothers surveys of women’s childbearing experiences. She served as guest editor of a special issue on Childbirth Connection’s project, "The Nature and Management of Labor Pain" (American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2002).

Ms. Corry is a member of the board of directors of the National Quality Forum (NQF). She is co-chair of the 2012 National Priorities Partnership/Partnership for Patients Maternity Care Action Team to catalyze action to improve maternity care for mothers and babies and align public-private sector action in support of the National Quality Strategy. She served as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the NQF’s National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Perinatal Care Project (2008). She currently serves as a consumer representative on the American Medical Association/Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement Maternity Workgroup, and is a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Commission for Quality Assurance. Ms. Corry reviews and comments on systematic reviews for the Consumer Panel of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group and is a member of the steering committee of Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare, affiliated with the United States Cochrane Center. She received her MPH degree from Yale School of Public Health in health services administration.

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