Ohio Better Birth Outcomes (OBBO) is a clinical and quality based prevention program designed to reduce preterm birth and infant mortality in Franklin County and the State of Ohio.

OBBO unites Ohio’s hospital systems in central and south east Ohio. Together, this group is using the latest research to improve outcomes for high risk pregnant women and their children. 

Preterm birth — birth before 37 weeks gestation — is the leading cause of death among newborns in our community. Ohio is ranked 34th among the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

A variety of social, economic, and medical/obstetrical factors contribute to preterm births.  There is no one solution for the prevention of prematurity. However, there are specific actions that we know are effective in reducing preterm birth and helping achieve better birth outcomes.

The goal for OBBO is to successfully change birth outcomes in our community. This unique collaboration of public and private sectors targeting high-risk families is a model for future work on complex health and social issues.

Together, we can make a lasting difference for generations to come.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Mount Carmel
Columbus Public Health
Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers
Central Ohio Hospital Council
Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.
Council on Healthy Mothers and Babies

For more information about Ohio Better Birth Outcomes contact Sara Frantz, Nurse Educator (phone 614-355-6650).

Administrative Structure:
Alex Meyer, Administrative Director
Arthur James, Medical Director, Obstetrician
Kris Reber, Medical Director, Neonatologist