Welcome to ChildbirthConnection.org, your source for trustworthy up-to-
date evidence-based information and resources on planning for pregnancy,
labor and birth, and the postpartum period. Childbirth Connection is a
national not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 as Maternity Center
Association. Our mission is to improve the quality and value of maternity
care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. Childbirth
Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity
care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.
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Catalyst for Payment Reform, and the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, this in-depth report examines the many areas of maternity care that impose high costs on women and payers, often regardless of quality or value. The many separate analyses provided in the study compare cost by method of delivery, insurer status, service type, phase of care, geographic location, year and other relevant variables from across the maternity care spectrum. The conclusions of the report highlight the need to better align maternity care payment and quality.
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Vaginal or Cesarean Birth: What Is at Stake for Women and Babies compares health outcomes between cesarean delivery and vaginal birth, and highlights clinical and policy strategies to curb overuse of c-sections. For women, What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section summarizes the risks and benefits of c-section, encourages shared decision making, and assists with planning to prevent unnecessary cesareans.
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A high-quality, high-value maternity care system is within reach, and childbearing women are the most important stakeholders to drive system change.
Childbirth Connection brought together more than 100 health care leaders – from delivery systems, providers, and consumers to health plans and purchasers, liability insurers and quality experts – to develop two direction-setting reports, "2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System" and "Blueprint for Action." These reports were the culmination of over two years' collaborative multi-stakeholder work aimed at reversing troubling trends and achieving high-quality, high-value maternity care.
Transforming Maternity Care offers full access to these reports and tracks and coordinates efforts to implement recommendations. Visit the site today to learn how you can be part of the transformation.
Also be sure to visit the Transforming Maternity Care Blog. The blog highlights innovative quality improvement efforts, introduces readers to inspiring leaders, analyzes health care trends, and shares opportunities and resources. Join the conversation to transform maternity care.
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For the past 95 years, Childbirth Connection has been dedicated to improving the quality and value of maternity care for all women and their families through research, education, advocacy and policy. Join our continuing efforts to make quality maternity care a top priority for policymakers, public and private purchasers, health care providers, and women themselves. Learn more about Transforming Maternity Care, and please consider a donation to help support it!
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Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association. Our mission is to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.