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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.
This webinar presentation reviews health information technology in the context of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
This report looks at the tools that were available during the third open enrollment period to consumers who were window shopping on HealthCare.gov, 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.
CHART | A summary of employers' newly updated or expanded paid family leave policies that includes their rationales.
This handout provides questions to ask when visiting a hospital maternity ward.
This webinar, presented April 28, 2016, reviews Clinical Practice Improvement Activities included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
This handout includes questions to ask when speaking with a potential doula who may support you before, during and after birth.
This handout provides questions to ask when touring an out-of-hospital birth center.
This handout offers specific questions to use when speaking with a midwife who may attend your birth.
This handout offers specific questions to ask with speaking to a physician who may attend your birth.
This handout provides key questions to use when speaking with a potential home birth attendant.
A summary of existing state and local laws that require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers.
This 2013 systematic review of the research literature concludes that all women should have continuous support during labor.
This booklet by expert Penny Simkin offers information and direction for using comfort measures to cope with labor pain.
CHART | A non-exhaustive chart of paid family/parental leave policies that apply to municipal employees.
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.
CHART | A detailed summary of existing family leave laws in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington and New York.
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.
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.
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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