Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital have both been recognized as 2022-2023 High Performing Hospitals in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. This is the highest award a hospital can earn among U.S. News’ Best Hospitals rankings for Maternity Care.
U.S. News evaluated nearly 650 hospitals that provide high-quality labor and delivery services for uncomplicated pregnancies for its 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. Fewer than half of all hospitals that offer maternity care and participated in the survey received a High Performing designation.
“All of Memorial Hermann’s labor and delivery units make it a priority to be as compassionate and accommodating as possible when considering the thoughts and feelings of expectant parents,” said Dr. Victoria Regan, vice president of the Women's and Children's Service Line at Memorial Hermann Health System. “To have multiple campuses recognized with this distinguished achievement is a tremendous honor, and we hope parents across the Greater Houston area continue to look to Memorial Hermann for support when welcoming the newest addition to their families.”
Moreover, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital ranked as the No. 4 Best Children’s Hospital in Texas, and No. 5 in the Southwest Region in the recent 2022-2023 report. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital also ranked in the top 50 children’s hospitals in the nation for the following specialties:
Memorial Hermann’s Women’s and Children’s Service Line is committed to improving the health of mothers and babies. That’s why we’re working with AIM, the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). This national, data-driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative has developed care bundles which specify well-established, evidence-based practices to help reduce maternal morbidity and mortality. These AIM bundles include care for:
During childbirth, OB/GYNS sometimes perform an episiotomy as a way to enlarge the birth canal to help facilitate delivery. Currently, evidence has demonstrated that episiotomy shows no benefit in reducing complications like incontinence or pelvic floor weakness.
As part of a national effort to minimize this practice, Memorial Hermann has been successful in decreasing episiotomy rates at its hospitals, achieving a rate lower than the Leapfrog Standard from 2018 to 2021.
Memorial Hermann is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve, including the health of women and children of all ages. Improving health begins with understanding and addressing the social determinants of health, the non-medical factors, including the economic and social conditions, that can influence health outcomes. One of our key areas of focus is reducing and ultimately eliminating maternal mortality and morbidity.
For laboring moms, severe maternal morbidity (SMM) is linked to serious underlying health conditions that can lead to pregnancy complications or even death. SMM also poses a health risk to the infant. Infants born to mothers with SMM are 39% more likely to die than those born to mothers without these health complications.
Every year, Memorial Hermann cares for more than 25,000 laboring mothers from every ethnic, economic and racial background and is committed to reducing, and ultimately eliminating, these racial and ethnic disparities. We are working with, and in, the communities we serve to understand and address the underlying causes of pregnancy-related complications, including the social determinants of health, which begin long before a woman becomes pregnant.