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Leapfrog Maternity Care Expert Panel

A panel of national experts advised Leapfrog on standards for excellence in maternity care, including achieving low rates of C-section, episiotomy and early elective deliveries, and following crucial protocols to protect mothers and babies. The full list of hospitals is available at Best Maternity Care Hospitals 2020.


Maternity Expert Panel - Dr. Elliott Main

Elliott Main, M.D., Medical Director, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative

Elliott Main is the Medical Director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) and has led multiple state and national quality improvement projects. He is also the Chair of the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Committee since its inception in 2006. For 14 years, he was the Chair of the OB/GYN Department at California Pacific Medical Center in San. He is currently clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University. Dr. Main has been actively involved or chaired multiple national committees on maternal quality measurement.


Maternity Expert Panel - Dr. Kimberly Gregory

Kimberly Gregory, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Cedars- Sinai Medical Center

Kimberly Gregory is the Director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Vice Chair of the Women's Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Gregory is also a professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Her research focuses on health services, obstetrical health care resource utilization, cesarean section rates, appropriateness of use and maternal quality care.


Maternity Expert Panel - Dr. Bailit Jennifer

Jennifer Bailit, M.D., M.P.H., Physician Executive, Provider Enterprise, MetroHealth Medical Center

Jennifer Bailit is a Physician Executive at MetroHealth Medical Center specializing in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Bailit is an experienced leader in redesigning and implementing provider compensation plans. She is also a national expert in quality measurement and improvement. She is a clinically practicing Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician with expertise in pregnant women with opiate use disorder. In addition to being on Leapfrog's Maternity Care Expert Panel, she is also on the National Quality Forum Reproductive Steering Committee.


Maternity Expert Panel - Dr. Jeffrey Ecker

Jeffrey Ecker, M.D., Chief, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Jeffrey Ecker is Chief of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a high-risk obstetrician and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ecker has filled many leadership roles in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is a Founding Member of the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative and serves on the Perinatal Advisory Committee for Leapfrog, a national quality measurement organization.


Maternity Expert Panel - Dr. Debra Bingham

Debra Bingham, Dr.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N., Executive Director, Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement

Debra Bingham is the Executive Director of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement and Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Dr. Bingham has over 30 years' experience in Maternal Child Health Nursing. She has expertise in Quality Improvement (QI), health care safety, and implementation science. Her focus is on how to improve front-line clinician's quality improvement implementation effectiveness.


Holly Kennedy, Ph.D., C.N.M, F.A.C.N.M., F.A.A.N., Varney Professor of Midwifery, Yale University School of Nursing

Holly Kennedy is the Varney Professor of Midwifery at Yale University School of Nursing. As an internationally known midwifery researcher and leader, Dr. Kennedy is the first person to be appointed as the Varney Professor of Midwifery at Yale in 2009. She came to the position with broad experiences as a clinician, researcher, educator, policymaker and leader in a variety of settings. Collectively these experiences have shaped her current vision of academic and clinical scholarship in US maternal-child health care.