National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library

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.

Advancing Care Information: Meaningful Use 2.0 Webinar

This webinar presentation reviews health information technology in the context of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

Supporting Informed Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Progress Report for 2016

This report looks at the tools that were available during the third open enrollment period to consumers who were window shopping on, which is used in 38 states, and on the 13 state-based marketplace websites. It was conducted in January and supplemented by six focus groups in five states with consumers who had shopped on marketplace websites. It builds on a 2015 analysis of the features available on marketplace websites during the second open enrollment period.

New and Expanded Employer Paid Family Leave Policies (2015-2016)

CHART | A summary of employers' newly updated or expanded paid family leave policies that includes their rationales.

Possible Questions When Touring a Hospital Maternity Ward

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

MACRA Webinar Series - Clinical Practice Improvement Activities: What Consumers Want (April 28, 2016)

This webinar, presented April 28, 2016, reviews Clinical Practice Improvement Activities included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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 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 Physician

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

Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers: State and Local Laws

A summary of existing state and local laws that require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers.

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.

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.

Paid Family Leave Policies for Municipal Employees

CHART | A non-exhaustive chart of paid family/parental leave policies that apply to municipal employees.

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.

State Paid Family Leave Laws

CHART | A detailed summary of existing family leave laws in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington and New York.

MACRA 101 Webinar Slides (April 2016)

These slides are from the informational webinar conducted April 14, 2016 and review the context of MACRA, its provisions related to Medicare physician reimbursement, MIPS and APMs, the intersection of MACRA and Meaningful Use, its meaning for consumers and next steps.

Understanding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Fact Sheet (April 2016)

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is intended to accelerate the transition to a health care system that rewards quality and value, rather than volume, and help ensure that patients experience better care and improved health outcomes.

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.

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