Special Announcement

Childbirth Connection has joined forces with and become a core program of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Together, these two women's health powerhouses will continue transforming maternity care in the United States.

Childbirth Connection was founded in 1918 as the Maternity Center Association; its mission is to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. The organization has pioneered strategies to promote evidence-based maternity care, improvement of maternity care policy and quality, and maternity care shared decision making in the United States. The National Partnership is a 41-year old organization that has played a role in winning every major advance for women during the last four decades. Its mission is to improve health for women and families, and make the nations workplaces more fair and family friendly.

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We want all women and babies receive the best possible maternity care.





Featured Resource


The Cesarean Booklet, What 
Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section "What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean Section."

If you're expecting a baby, there's a good chance you've wondered if you'll have a vaginal birth or a cesarean section (c-section). Maybe you talked about your chance of having a c-section with your doctor or midwife. You might even wonder if a c-section is easier or safer than vaginal birth. It's important to get the facts and understand your options, so you can be prepared to make the best decisions for you and your baby.

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Founded in 1918, Childbirth Connection has joined forces with and become a core program of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Together, these two women's health powerhouses are transforming maternity care in the United States.