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

How A Boy’s Delivery Tests A 'Team Birth Project' Aimed At Reducing C-Sections

Another contributor, Carol Sakala, the project's standard practices could rein in the hospitals that perform too many C-sections. But she worries about the focus on hospitals. Read More

Blog Post

America’s Moms Deserve Better Than Policies That Leave Them Behind

Trump’s budget proposal includes dramatic changes to health care and a very limited paid leave policy that ignores the importance of medical leave for new moms. Read More


Repealing the Essential Health Benefits Would be Devastating for Women’s Health

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation, but Republicans in Congress are dead set on rolling back key provisions that ensure women’s access to necessary health care services, such as maternity care. They are trading women’s access to care for votes on a bill that would already wreak havoc on our health care system and take health care away from at least 24 million people. Read More

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