Do you provide services to women who are planning pregnancy, are pregnant or are new mothers? If so, the For Women area of this site has many resources to help the women you work with become active participants in their care and make informed decisions. The material is based on better-quality research and is kept up to date. It goes into a level of detail that is generally not possible during prenatal visits and childbirth education classes. The For Women area offers a trustworthy alternative to the incomplete and inaccurate information that women may receive from books and websites and their friends and relatives.
Below is a brief summary of many of Childbirth Connection's online resources for childbearing women. Please check back, as many additional resources will be added in the coming months and years, and existing material will be updated. And please let us know about other topics and resources that you would like to see available for childbearing women.
Understanding & Navigating the Maternity Care System provides the basic information women need to make sense of our maternity care system and learn how to navigate it to achieve a healthy and safe birth.
Pregnancy Topics provide in-depth coverage of key issues, including an overview, options, best evidence, and tips & tools. Currently, the following topics are available:
Stages of Pregnancy provide in-depth coverage of 6 time periods: planning pregnancy, each of the 3 trimesters, giving birth, and postpartum. These sections cover physical and emotional changes, lifestyle and self-care, health care, relationships and finances, and more. Currently, the following stage is available (and others will follow later this year): Planning Pregnancy.
Go to Stages of Pregnancy
anatomical drawings of prenatal development from a non-pregnant state through various gestational ages, ending in full-term pregnancy.
Go to Your Growing Body and Baby: Pictures
Listening to Mothers survey are also available for women. Now available are the results of Listening to Mothers II , a survey of women who gave birth in the U.S. in 2005. And later in 2007, we will release results of a follow-up survey with the same mothers to explore postpartum issues in greater detail.
Go to the Listening to Mothers surveys
Go to Journey to Parenthood
The Rights of Childbearing Women is available in the For Women area.
Go to the Rights of Childbearing Women
Go to Best Pregnancy Resources A-Z
Go to Recommended Pregnancy Books
Go to Recommended Pregnancy Videos
Most of the Pregnancy Resources for Women are unique, exceptional, and unavailable anywhere else. Please encourage women to visit www.childbirthconnection.org and use these resources to learn about and take responsibility for this exciting and important phase in their life.
Most recent page update: 11/21/2011
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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.
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Listening to MothersSM III is the third national survey exploring women’s experiences in pregnancy and childbirth. Commissioned by Childbirth Connection, conducted by Harris Interactive, and funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the survey polled 2,400 women who gave birth in U.S. hospitals from 2011 to 2012. Results show that medically intensive experiences are typical, and evidence-based practices are underutilized. Childbearing women need better support and knowledge to navigate their maternity care.
Access the full report and supplementary materials
New Report: Maternity Care and Liability
Go to report and supporting materials
New Report: The Cost of Having a Baby in the United States
Go to report and supporting materials
New Cesarean Resources:
Go to Best Evidence Report
Go to web pages and booklet for women
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The Transforming Maternity Care website focuses on maternity care system improvements designed to engage diverse stakeholders in quality improvement efforts. The site offers full access to the landmark reports 2020 Vision and Blueprint for Action, features a Blog, and other resources such as an Action Center, a database of quality improvement projects, an interactive data center, and many more tools for advocates and stakeholders.