Listening to Mothers in California explores the views and experiences of childbearing women with an in-depth focus on maternity care. This is the first state-level Listening to Mothers survey and was adapted to California needs and opportunities, including current maternity care issues in the state and the distinctive population of birthing women. The report analyzes extensive, timely, previously unavailable data about women’s maternity care and postpartum experiences, views and outcomes.
Authors: Carol Sakala, Eugene R. Declercq, Jessica M. Turon, Maureen P. Corry
Navigate through the report chapters below to read the survey analysis in digital format, including interactive charts.
Note: You can access the PDF version of the full survey report, including preface and appendices, here.
Learn about the Listening to Mothers in California survey methodology and key findings.More
Learn about the who, what and why behind the Listening to Mothers in California survey.More
Learn about prenatal and childbirth maternity care providers, use of and interest in doulas and interest in out-of-hospital birth settings.More
Learn about women’s views about intervention in childbirth, labor practices related to comfort and pain relief and more.More
Learn about modes of birth and total and primary cesarean rates.More
Learn about perceived bias in care, harsh language, rough handling, perceived pressure to have interventions and what respectful care looks like.More
Learn about women’s postpartum experiences, including returning to paid work, breast milk feeding, out-of-pocket costs for maternity care and more.More
Learn about psychological distress, using medication for anxiety and depression and more.More