Founded in 1918 as the Maternity Center Association, Childbirth Connection is now a core program of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

For nearly 100 years, we have helped develop and advance many forms of care that are now critical components of the nation’s maternity care system.

More recently, we launched a long-term program to promote evidence-based maternity care through policy and quality initiatives.

We will continue working to improve and transform the nation’s maternity care system so that childbearing women and babies consistently receive high-quality, woman- and family-centered care.

Vision, Mission & Principles

Learn more about our approach to maternity care and what we are doing to improve outcomes for women and babies.


View press releases and media statements on Childbirth Connection reports and initiatives.


Read about Childbirth Connection’s powerful work to improve maternity care over nearly a century and view photos from our past.