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Listening to Mothers III: Data Briefs (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. These data briefs provide an in-depth look at highly important topics covered by the third survey.

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

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

Listening to Mothers II: Survey Instrument (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 survey instrument.

Listening to Mothers III: Pregnancy and Birth (2013)

This report explores 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. Major survey findings show that a medically intensive experience continues to be the norm, and evidence-based practices are underutilized.

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

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. This is the Executive Summary.

Cross Cutting Consumer Criteria for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

A truly patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is grounded in comprehensive and well-coordinated primary care that treats the whole person and is consistent with each patient’s unique needs and preferences.

Cesarean Birth Trends 1989-2015

The preliminary national cesarean rate for 2014 is 32.2 percent of all births. This is a slight drop from the national peak of 32.9 percent in 2009.

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section

Be informed. Know your rights. Protect yourself. Protect your baby.

Why Is the C-Section Rate So High?

When first measured in 1965, the national U.S. cesarean birth rate was 4.5%.1 Since then, large groups of healthy, low-risk American women who have received care that supported their bodies' innate capacity for giving birth have achieved 4% to 6% cesarean birth rates and good overall birth outcomes.

Recommendations on Harmonization of Privacy Laws

Secure and private electronic information exchange can enable safe, more effective and more coordinated care; greater consumer engagement in health; and ultimately improved patient experiences and health outcomes.

Comments from the National Partnership on the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Template

The National Partnership for Women & Families represents women across the country who are counting on successful continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the proposed Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary Required Under the Affordable Care Act published on February 26, 2016. The Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) plays a critical role in ensuring that consumers have the tools and information they need to compare health plans accurately on the metrics of benefit design and cost, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the Departments) on this issue.

Testimony of Mark Savage, House Oversight Commitee (March 2016)

Hearing on Opportunities and Challenges in Advancing Health Information Technology, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Information Technology and Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules

Consumer-Purchaser Alliance Comments on Draft Measure Development Plan (March 2016)

The 21 undersigned organizations are from a collaboration of leading consumer, labor, and purchaser organizations committed to improving the quality and affordability of health care through the use of performance information to inform consumer choice, payment, and quality improvement.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Coalition Letter to Congress

A letter to Congress from a coalition of 155 groups nationwide that is calling for passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

Lies Memo on 251 Anti-Abortion Restrictions Introduced in 37 States

Over the past five years, anti-abortion legislators have quietly passed hundreds of restrictive abortion laws. These laws try to prevent a woman from getting abortion care, even when that means lying to her, delaying her care, requiring unnecessary tests, making care more expensive, and shutting down reproductive health clinics.

Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act Fact Sheet (2016)

This three-page fact sheet reviews the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act.

Women's Groups Letter to OMB on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule

A letter sent on behalf of women's organizations urging the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to finalize the rule to implement President Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order.

Standing Up for Women & Families in 2016

In 2016, the National Partnership for Women & Families is urging members of Congress to stand up for women and families by supporting the following legislative agenda.

Pledge on 2016 ONC Commitments

The National Partnership for Women & Families shares the principle that to achieve open, connected health care for our communities, we all have the responsibility to take action. To further these goals, we commit to the following principles to advance interoperability among health information systems enabling appropriate and secure movement of data, which are foundational to the success of delivery system reform.

Supporting State Investment in Paid Family and Medical Leave

FACT SHEET | Details on federally proposed funding to support states considering paid family and medical leave programs.

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