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. Evidence-based maternity care means using the best research about the safety and effectiveness of specific tests, treatments, and interventions to help you make informed decisions.
Our evidence-based information, guidance, and support will show you how to maintain and enhance your health and the health of your baby. You will learn to use this information to make informed decisions. Your choices, when based on the best available research and your values and preferences, can lead to a healthy birth outcome, a strong and connected family, and a confident approach to parenthood.
Childbearing Women Are The Most Important Stakeholders to Drive Change
Childbirth Connection brought together more than 100 health care leaders to develop two direction-setting reports, "2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System" and "Blueprint for Action." These reports are 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.
The site also offers many other tools for women to get involved and be a part of the transformation. Learn how you can take action as a consumer advocate, or visit the data center to obtain maternity care data at the hospital- or provider-level. Be sure to read the Transforming Maternity Care Blog, which features news, opinion, and analysis from Childbirth Connection and prominent guest contributors. Join the conversation to transform maternity care.
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Check out our resource, "Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care"
Childbirth Connection has joined forces with and become a core program of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
We want all women and babies receive the best possible maternity care.