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Policy Partners

SMFM collaborates with many like-minded organizations and federal agencies across the United States. These include, but are not limited to the list below. If your organization is interested in partnering with SMFM on policy-related or advocacy issues, please contact SMFM’s Chief Advocacy Officer Katie Schubert, at kschubert@smfm.org.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development
SMFM partners with The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in many ways. Many SMFM members are funded by NICHD grants and participate in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network. SMFM advocates for programs within the NICHD as well, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Friends of NICHD Advocacy Coalition. SMFM has also conducted several workshops in collaboration with NICHD, addressing preventing of late preterm birth, preventing the first cesarean, periviable pregnancy, and ultrasounds.


Health Resources and Services Administration
SMFM is currently working closely with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau to put the “M” back in “Maternal-Child Health.” We have partnered with HRSA on several initiatives, including the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (CoIIN) initiative, a public-private partnership to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes.

Food and Drug Administration
SMFM has a keen interest in the work of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it regulates and evaluates the safety and efficacy of food and drugs for our patient population. SMFM works closely with the FDA to disseminate information to our members and subsequently their patients. SMFM also provides expert advice when the FDA is making decisions that affect management of high risk pregnancies. Specifically, SMFM has worked with FDA on their collection and maintenance of pregnancy registries.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
SMFM has a longstanding relationship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as they provide public health surveillance, work to identify the causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities, and promote the health and well-being of US citizens. SMFM works most closely with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and Division of Reproductive Health. SMFM has played key roles with respect to CDC’s work on preterm birth, pregnancy-related complications and death, as well as prescription drugs used during pregnancy.

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
SMFM has a strong history of collaboration with ACOG. SMFM and ACOG regularly work together in Washington DC to support federal policies aimed at promoting the health of pregnant women. 

National Fetal & Infant Mortality Program
SMFM has had a partnership with the National Fetal &Infant Mortality (NFIMR) Program for more than 10 years. FIMR is an action-oriented community process that continually assesses, monitors, and works to improve service systems and community resources for women, children, and families. As a member of the NFIMR consortium, SMFM and NFIMR partner on initiatives around reducing infant mortality and improving quality of maternal and child care.

March of Dimes
Each year, the March of Dimes sponsors an award for Best Research in Prematurity at SMFM's Pregnancy Meeting.  Additionally, SMFM and March of Dimes work together in Washington DC to support federal policies aimed at reducing preterm birth and birth defects.

Text4Baby
SMFM has collaborated with
Text4Baby, the first mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health through text messaging. SMFM members have served on the organization’s Content Development Council, Text4Baby has participated in SMFM’s Annual Meeting, and SMFM continues to be involved in the most up-to-date iterations of the Texty4Baby application. Learn more about how Text4baby Helps Ob/Gyns & Patients.



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