National Partnership for Women & Families

Maternity Care

The National Partnership works to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation.



For evidence-based, woman-friendly information on pregnancy, childbirth and maternity care, visit the recently redesigned and completely updated This widely respected and consulted website clarifies why it is important for women to take an active role in their care throughout the childbirth process and provides trustworthy information and tools for doing so. Follow us on Twitter @childbirth and on Facebook at

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Congress: We need quality, evidence-based maternity care!

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In the News

First-Ever NQF-Endorsed Contraceptive Quality Measures a ‘Welcome Step Forward for Women’s Health,’ Ness Says

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families Read More

Blog Post

A New Look (and Updated Content) for

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a completely updated – our online hub for evidence-based information on childbirth and maternity care. Read More


Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care (2015)

This report finds that the country’s maternity care system is missing opportunities to provide better care and use resources more wisely by routinely intervening in labor and delivery in ways that interfere with, instead of promoting, supporting and protecting, innate biological processes that result in healthier outcomes for women and newborns. Read More

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