Maureen Corry 

Maureen Corry, is Senior Advisor for Childbirth Connection Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. She joined the organization in January 2014 when Childbirth Connection joined forces with the National Partnership to integrate maternity care policy and quality improvement into the National Partnership’s program portfolio.

Prior to joining the National Partnership, Corry served for 18 years as executive director of Childbirth Connection (founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association). Her vision and leadership helped position the organization as a powerful and effective advocate for evidence-based maternity care, and maternity care policy and quality improvement.

In 2007 Corry led efforts to plan and launch Childbirth Connection’s Transforming Maternity Care initiative focused on improving maternity care quality and value through consumer engagement and health system transformation. This work resulted in the 2010 publication of two direction-setting consensus reports "2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System" and "Blueprint for Action” and the establishment of the multi-stakeholder Transforming Maternity Care Partnership to implement Blueprint recommendations. Under her direction Childbirth Connection planned and carried out five national Listening to Mothers’ surveys of women’s childbearing experiences and perspectives. The survey findings have influenced maternity care policy, practice and quality improvement efforts across the country.

Prior to joining Childbirth Connection, she spent 14 years at the March of Dimes Foundation in several executive positions, including Director of Education and Health Promotion, Director of Community Services, and Connecticut Chapter Director.

Corry is co-author of several reports, including Maternity Care and Liability: Pressing Problems, Substantive Solutions (2013), Milbank Memorial Fund Report, Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve (2008), and five Listening to Mothers survey reports. She served as a guest editor of special issues on Childbirth Connection’s Transforming Maternity Care project (Women’s Health Issues, 2010), and “The Nature and Management of Labor Pain” (American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2002).

Corry serves on the board of directors of the National Quality Forum (NQF) and was co-chair of the NQF 2014 National Priorities Partnership Maternity Action Team comprised of leading organizations working to improve the safety and quality of maternity care and align public-private sector initiatives in support of the National Quality Strategy. She also served as co-chair of the Maternity Action Team in 2012 and co-chair of the Steering Committee for the NQF’s National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Perinatal Care Project (2008).

Corry is a member of the consumer advisory council of the National Commission for Quality Assurance (NCQA). She has served on numerous health care-related committees, including the AMA/Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement Maternity Workgroup, Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare, affiliated with the United States Cochrane Center, Medicaid/CHIP Expert Panel on Improving Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes, and Expert Design Team of the National Governors Association Improving Birth Outcomes Learning Network. Maureen reviews and comments on systematic reviews for the Consumer Panel of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group.

Corry is a recipient of several awards, including the National Perinatal Association Individual Contribution to Maternal Child Health Award (2010), the Coalition for Improving Maternity Care Service Sharon S. Humenick Award recognizing outstanding leadership in the advancement of evidence-based maternity care (2009), and the first annual New York University Midwifery Alliance Koko Roy Award for significant contributions as an advocate for women’s health, (2002). She received her MPH from Yale School of Public Health.