Hear, hear. We don’t mince words, and we’re not at a loss for them either.
Unprepared: Reflections of a Labor and Delivery Nurse
As a labor and delivery nurse, I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of untreated substance use disorders (SUD) and mental illnesses in pregnancy and postpartum-- as one of the many ways our healthcare system fails to support and care for these moms and babies.
The COVID-19 vaccine is here, but what does this mean for pregnant people?
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in nearly 50,000 cases and more than 60 deaths among pregnant people across the United States. And these numbers will surely increase as infections continue to surge over the winter months.
When Calling the Police Doesn’t Help: The Criminalization of Survivors and Pregnant People
Most sexual assault is never reported,often because survivors distrust or fear the police, or believe that the police can’t or won’t do anything to help.
Maternity Care in the United States: We Can – And Must – Do Better
Summary of new report on maternity care system.
Honoring Black Maternal Health Week
Too many Black women are dying in pregnancy and childbirth. It's unacceptable. We're proud to support Black Mamas Matter Alliance's Black Maternal Health Week.
America’s Moms Deserve Better Than Policies That Leave Them Behind
Trump’s budget proposal includes dramatic changes to health care and a very limited paid leave policy that ignores the importance of medical leave for new moms.
Going Backward on Maternity Coverage Would Be Disastrous for Women’s Health
At her confirmation hearing last week, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said she thinks it should once again be optional for health plans to cover maternity care.
A New Look (and Updated Content) for ChildbirthConnection.org
We’re pleased to announce the launch of a completely updated ChildbirthConnection.org – our online hub for evidence-based information on childbirth and maternity care.
Good News for Women and Babies: New Toolkit Aims to Help Providers and Hospitals Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Number of Unnecessary Cesareans
On the heels of last month’s Cesarean Awareness Month, there has been robust public discussion about how to reduce the high cesarean birth rate in the United States.
Keeping the Momentum Going as Cesarean Awareness Month 2016 Comes to an End
Cesarean Awareness Month has been an important opportunity to raise awareness about the high cesarean section rate in the United States.
When Less is More: Every Mom Deserves a Healthy Childbirth, Every Baby a Healthy Start
The road to a safe and healthy birth in our over-medicalized maternal care system can be like a drive through a foreign city without a map.
Getting to Zero: Sustained Efforts Needed to Eliminate Early Elective Births Among Medicaid Beneficiaries
Early elective delivery (EED), defined as a delivery before 39 weeks of gestation without medical necessity, places women and babies at risk for harm, offers no benefits to either, and increases costs for taxpayers and for women and their families.
The Supreme Court Should Say 'No' to Pregnancy Discrimination
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service (UPS) this week, a case that could help secure — or erode — pregnant workers' right to equal treatment.
For the Sake of Women and Newborns: Strengthen Midwifery
The preeminent medical journal The Lancet has just released its Midwifery Series, a major project to take stock of the contribution of midwifery to the well-being of childbearing women and newborns.
#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day
Mother's Day is here. That means that if you're like many people, you've recently spent some time asking yourself what your mother (or the mothers in your life) need.
What Do Mothers Need? Quality Maternity Care
As Mother’s Day approaches, we renew our commitment to improving the quality of maternity care so women can enjoy safe, satisfying pregnancies and births, and babies can have a healthy start in life. We ask you to join us.
Helping Pregnant Women Become Partners in Their Care
The quality of maternity care in our country needs improvement. While transforming the maternity care system will take time, there is progress to report.
Setting the Record Straight: Best Kept Secrets about Health Reform
Between President Obama issuing a new proposal on health insurance reform on Monday and the White House Health Care Summit Thursday, the beat marches on around this debate in Washington.