National Partnership for Women & Families

Resource 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).



Blueprint for Advancing High-Value Maternity Care Through Physiologic Childbearing

Maternity Snapshot: Black Maternal Health

Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth: 2017 Cochrane Review Update Key Takeaways

About the Listening to Mothers in California Survey

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.

New Professional Recommendations to Limit Labor and Birth Interventions: What Pregnant Women Need to Know

This fact sheet summarizes ACOG's recommendations that maternity care providers restrict use of many common labor and birth interventions that offer limited or uncertain benefit to low-risk women.

Childbirth Connection: Labor pain tables

There are many drug and drug-free ways to help you cope with labor pain. The benefits of some methods are better understood than others. Many women want to know about the effectiveness and downsides of specific methods of pain relief; researchers have given more attention to effectiveness and less to possible downsides.

Affordability of Liability Insurance Premiums to Maternity Care Providers Fact Sheet

Impact of Caps on Non-Economic Damages and Other Tort Reforms in Maternity Care Fact Sheet

Maternity Care and Liability Findings on Topics of Interest to Policymakers and Others Fact Sheet Series

Vaginal or Cesarean Birth: What is at Stake for Moms and Babies? Executive Summary

The Cost of Having a Baby in the United States Executive Summary

Occurrence of Negligent Injury and of Claims and Payouts in Maternity Care Fact Sheet

Table of Maternity Care Quality Improvement Strategies with Potential to Reduce Liability

Policy Framework for Improving the Liability Environment for Women and Newborns, Maternity Care Providers, and Payers Fact Sheet

Defensive Practice in Maternity Care Fact Sheet

Impact of Maternity Care Quality Improvement Programs on Liability Fact Sheet

Maternity Care and Liability Gaps in Knowledge Fact Sheet

Interventions that are Unlikely to Foster Substantive Liability Solutions in Maternity Care Fact Sheet

Overdue: Insurance Coverage of Doula Care Infographic

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