National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library

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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.


Possible Questions When Touring a Hospital Maternity Ward

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


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.


National Partnership Comments on Hospital Star Ratings Program (April 2016)

The National Partnership expresses support for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Star Ratings, a valued and important tool for consumers looking to make informed choices about their hospital care.


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.


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.


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.


Alaska Women and the Wage Gap

APRIL 2016 | An analysis of what the gender-based wage gap costs Alaska women and their families.


Wyoming Women and the Wage Gap

APRIL 2016 | An analysis of what the gender-based wage gap costs Wyoming women and their families.


Illinois Women and the Wage Gap

APRIL 2016 | An analysis of what the gender-based wage gap costs Illinois women and their families.


California Women and the Wage Gap

APRIL 2016 | An analysis of what the gender-based wage gap costs California women and their families.


Georgia Women and the Wage Gap

APRIL 2016 | An analysis of what the gender-based wage gap costs Georgia women and their families.


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