Listening to Mothers Reports and Surveys
The surveys cover the time from planning pregnancy through the postpartum period, and shed light on women's attitudes, beliefs, preferences and knowledge, as well as maternity care practices and family and employment life. They report on many items that are not otherwise gathered at the national level. They also provide what are likely to be more accurate estimates for many items that are collected but are known to be undercounted on birth certificates and in hospital discharge records. Survey results also reveal the size of gaps between women's actual experiences and experiences they should have in light of their preferences, best maternity care practice and their legal rights.
Five national Listening to Mothers surveys have been conducted by Harris Interactive, and the reports are freely available here:
See Quick Links box, above, for all five survey reports. Learn more about the five reports and get related documents on other web pages in this section.
We invite pregnant women to read the reports to help understand maternity experiences, set goals and make plans and decisions. New and experienced mothers can use this national profile to put your own experiences in perspective.
Policy makers, administrators, clinicians, educators and others with responsibility for mothers and babies can use survey results to understand and improve the quality of maternity experiences.
We invite others - including leaders in health plans, hospitals, states and other countries - to use and adapt the survey questionnaires to understand and improve the experiences of specific populations. Please contact us for more information.
Inside Listening to Mothers:
Go to New Mothers Speak Out Report (2008)
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. The results have given health professionals, policy makers and mothers themselves a new level of understanding about many important matters and have been widely used to improve policy, practice, education and research. You can find survey results, Childbirth Connection's recommendations, and the why, how, who and what of this survey here.
Since the release of the Listening to Mothers surveys and reports, a variety of publications have further analyzed the survey results, used the results to identify evidence-practice gaps and make international comparisons, and presented commentary based on the results. A list of these publications is provided in the link below.
Most recent page update: 6/12/2013
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