National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library: Maternity

Doing some policy research? Need some background materials? You've come to the right place.

Note: Documents in the library are organized by issue area — and PDFs require Adobe Reader (free download/upgrade available).

 

 

The Rights of Childbearing Women

This statement outlines a set of basic maternity rights that Childbirth Connection has identified and promotes for all childbearing women. It applies widely accepted human rights to the specific situation of maternity care.


Possible Questions When Interviewing a Physician

This handout offers specific questions to ask with speaking to a physician who may attend your birth.


Possible Questions When Touring a Hospital Maternity Ward

This handout provides questions to ask when visiting a hospital maternity ward.


Possible Questions When Touring a Birth Center

This handout provides questions to ask when touring an out-of-hospital birth center.


Possible Questions When Interviewing a Midwife

This handout offers specific questions to use when speaking with a midwife who may attend your birth.


Possible Questions When Interviewing a Doula

This handout includes questions to ask when speaking with a potential doula who may support you before, during and after birth.


Possible Questions for a Caregiver Who May Attend Your Home Birth

This handout provides key questions to use when speaking with a potential home birth attendant.


Comfort in Labor: How You Can Help Yourself to a Normal Satisfying Childbirth

This booklet by expert Penny Simkin offers information and direction for using comfort measures to cope with labor pain.


Cochrane Review: Continuous Support for Women during Chilbirth (2013)

This 2013 systematic review of the research literature concludes that all women should have continuous support during labor.


Listening to Mothers II: New Mothers Speak Out Methodology (2008)

This report presents postpartum results from the Listening to Mothers II survey and gives a ground-breaking view of experiences of mothers with young children in the United States at this time. This is the survey methodology.


Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve (2008)

This report highlights best evidence that, if widely implemented, would have a positive impact on many mothers and babies and would improve value for payers. The report also identifies barriers to providing evidence-based maternity care, and presents policy recommendations to address the barriers.


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.


About Childbirth Connection Fact Sheet

Founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association, Childbirth Connection became a core program of the National Partnership for Women & Families in 2014.


Listening to Mothers III: New Mothers Speak Out Survey Instrument (2013)

This report follows up with 1,072 women who participated in the Listening to Mothers III: Pregnancy and Birth survey. This is the survey instrument used for New Mothers Speak Out.


Listening to Mothers III: New Mothers Speak Out Methodology (2013)

This report follows up with 1,072 women who participated in the Listening to Mothers III: Pregnancy and Birth survey. This is the survey methodology.


Listening to Mothers III: Methodology (2013)

This report explore women's experiences from before pregnancy through the months after birth. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the survey polled 2,400 women who gave birth in U.S. hospitals from 2011 to 2012. This is the survey methodology.


Listening to Mothers III: New Mothers Speak Out Major Findings (2013)

This report follows up with 1,072 women who participated in the Pregnancy and Birth survey. This document summarizes major findings from the survey.


Listening to Mothers II: Weighting (2006)

This survey was carried out in January-February 2006 in partnership with Lamaze International. It surveyed women who gave birth in U.S. hospitals in 2005. This document summarizes how data were weighted by key demographic variables to more accurately reflect the target population.


Listening to Mothers: Report of the First National U.S. Survey of Women's Childbearing Experiences (2002)

Listening to Mothers I was the first opportunity for women in the U.S. to describe at the national level their maternity experiences and assessment of those experiences. The results have given health professionals, policy makers and mothers themselves a new level of understanding about many important matters and have been widely used to improve policy, practice, education and research.


Listening to Mothers II: Executive Summary (2006)

This survey was carried out in January-February 2006 in partnership with Lamaze International. It surveyed women who gave birth in U.S. hospitals in 2005. This is the Executive Summary.


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