A new program to be rolled out in cities across the US looks to improve the health of moms and babies. The state of health for mothers and babies in the US is not great. The rate of maternal deaths in this country has actually risen over the past couple of decades—we are the only developed country where this happened, and global trends are going in the other direction. Traumatic birth complications have also gone up. And our federal government doesn't look like they're doing much about it. So, a coalition of cities is taking matters into their own hands by pledging to improve conditions for moms and babies. Led by Miami, the cities will be using a new platform called Birthmark, a consistent set of practices and resources developed by medical experts and policy makers at the mission-driven pregnancy health and wellness company Square Roots. The goal is to improve healthcare for pregnant women at the local level within their communities. "The Birthmark set of services ensures that infants in the womb are being well nourished and protected from substances that can harm them," Judith Palfrey, MD, a national leader in pediatric advocacy and Square Roots' board of advisors co-chair, tells Fit Pregnancy. "Birthmark works to guarantee all mothers safe, properly timed deliveries and excellent care for their newborns."