About the Collaborative


The Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB) began officially operating as the state perinatal quality collaborative in 2013. TCHMB started as the Expert Panel advising Healthy Texas Babies, the state infant mortality reduction initiative housed at DSHS.­ In 2015 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, in partnership with UT System, began supporting TCHMB through a three year contract with DSHS.



TCHMB is a collaboration of over 150 healthcare providers, scientists, hospitals, state agencies, advocates and insurers whose goal is to design projects, collect research data, develop strategies, and evaluation plans to improve birth outcomes in Texas.



The Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB) is a multidisciplinary network made up of health professionals throughout the state. Our mission is to advance health care quality and patient safety for all Texas mothers and babies, through the collaboration of health and community stakeholders in the development of joint quality improvement (QI) initiatives, the advancement of data-driven best practices, and the promotion of education and training. We believe in communication, transparency, inclusiveness, and evidence-based work.



  • ­Reducing preterm birth and infant mortality

  • Reducing disparities in the health outcomes of mothers and babies

  • ­Reducing maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity

  • ­Improving the health outcomes of mothers and babies

  • ­Increasing the involvement of fathers / families

  • ­Improving women’s health throughout the life cycle



Currently the collaborative is developing three major quality improvement interventions:

  • Increasing on-time access into prenatal care

  • Reducing failed inductions of labor to ultimately reduce primary cesarean sections

  • Increasing the use of human breast milk in the NICU to decrease necrotizing enterocolitis