About the Survey
Women who participated in the first Listening to Mothers surveyNearly 1,600 women from across the United States participated in the survey during May and June, 2002. All of the women had given birth within 24 months of completing the survey, and the survey focused on their experiences with their most recent birth, including pregnancy, labor and birth, and the weeks and months afterward. The survey was designed to reflect the national profile of childbearing women, with several limitations (we did not, for example, include women who had given birth to twins or women whose babies were not living at the time of the survey). An appendix in the survey report describes the survey methodology and these limitations.
Type of information included in the surveyThe first Listening to Mothers survey included some questions relating to pre-pregnancy and the prenatal period, and gave greatest emphasis to many previously unexamined issues at the time of labor and birth and in the weeks and months after birth.
Many survey questions had never been asked before at the national level in the U.S., including:
Groups involved with the surveyThe Listening to Mothers survey is a project of Childbirth Connection. The survey was developed with the support of the Listening to Mothers National Advisory Council. Most members of this multi-disciplinary group represented leading national organizations involved with maternity care. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactiveï¿½, the market research firm. Teams from Childbirth Connection and Harris Interactive collaborated to develop the survey questionnaire, analyze the data, and write the report. The survey is an essential tool for improving the maternity experience, and Childbirth Connection developed recommendations in response to key survey findings.
Survey objectivesThe first Listening to Mothers survey was designed to:
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Listening to MothersSM III is the third national survey exploring women’s experiences in pregnancy and childbirth. Commissioned by Childbirth Connection, conducted by Harris Interactive, and funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the survey polled 2,400 women who gave birth in U.S. hospitals from 2011 to 2012. Results show that medically intensive experiences are typical, and evidence-based practices are underutilized. Childbearing women need better support and knowledge to navigate their maternity care.
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