5/19/13 - National survey of new mothers reveals concerns about overuse of maternity care practices and women’s readiness to make informed decisions
3/4/13 - Women's Health Leaders Laud 'Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act' as Badly Needed Legislation to Improve Maternal and Infant Health in the U.S.
1/9/13 - Maternity Care and Liability: Many Solutions Could Alleviate Persistent Problems
1/7/13 - Better Maternity Care Could Save $5 Billion Annually
12/12/12 - Report Clarifies Consequences of Unnecessary C-section
12/15/11 - National Maternity Care Quality Improvement Group, Childbirth Connection, Endorses the Quality Care For Moms and Babies Act
4/5/11 - Maternal Health Organizations Announce New Coalition to Improve Quality
4/4/11 - Childbirth Connection Launches New Website for Transforming Maternity Care
2/16/11 - Continuous Labor Support Reduces Risk of Cesarean Section and Other Adverse Outcomes in Women and Newborns
1/28/10 - Landmark Reports for Revamping U.S. Maternity Care System Point to Rapid Gains in Quality and Value That Are Within Reach
8/17/09 - Childbirth Connection Endorses H.R. 3200, Bill Will Dramatically Improve Health of Women and Babies
5/18/09 - Maternity Care, A Major Segment of Health Industry, Must Be Overhauled for Health Care Reform to Succeed
4/27/09 - Study: Many Labor Inductions are Unnecessary: Widespread Use of Induction Potentially Harmful to Woman and Baby
3/31/09 - Childbirth Connection to Present Inaugural Maternity Quality Matters Award to Seton Family of Hospitals
10/8/08 - Report Reveals Serious Problems in Maternity Care Quality and Value
8/5/08 - New Mothers Speak Out Report Paints a Troubling Picture of American Women in Postpartum Period
3/20/06 - New National Survey Results from Mothers Refute Belief the Women are Requesting Cesarean Sections Without Medical Reason
4/14/04 - Cesarean Section Compared to Vaginal Birth Is Associated with Significant Risks for a Woman and Her Baby's Short- and Long-Term Physical and Emotional Health
9/8/03 - Continuous Labor Support Offers Big Benefits to Mothers & Babies, Has No Known Downsides
5/16/02 - Labor Pain Affects 4 Million US Women Annually, Yet Controversy and Incomplete Knowledge about Methods to Relieve it Still Exist
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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.
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