Sakala, Carol

  • Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH has worked to improve maternity care as a researcher, educator, author, policy analyst, and advocate for over twenty-five years. Since 2000, she has been Director of Programs at Childbirth Connection, working with colleagues and partners to advance Childbirth Connection’s mission of improving the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation (, Carol is a member of the Expecting More team that is creating state-of-the-science maternity care decision aids; co-author of 2010 direction-setting companion reports: “2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System” and “Blueprint for Action”; lead author of the Milbank Report Evidence-based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve; a co-investigator of three path-breaking national Listening to Mothers surveys; founding author of a quarterly evidence column (2003-07) that continues to be published in midwifery and nursing journals; author of an annual column in Birth (2006-); and guest editor of special issues on Transforming Maternity Care, The Nature and Management of Labor Pain, and cesarean section overuse. Carol holds voluntary leadership positions with such organizations as National Quality Forum, Guidelines International Network, and Cochrane Collaboration Pregnancy and Childbirth Group. Her current work focuses on implementing priority “Blueprint for Action” recommendations within Childbirth Connection’s ongoing Transforming Maternity Care project to improve the system that provides maternity care to the nation’s women, newborns and families.