We are so grateful to you and many other generous donors who helped raise $65,000 to support our mission and programs. In order to meet our goal of $90,000 by December 31, 2008, Childbirth Connection still needs your support. Help us raise an additional $25,000 to support our work to improve maternity care quality, value, and access for childbearing women and their families. The smallest amount helps, whether it's $10, or $100, we value your support.
Your past generosity supports many successful programs and policy initiatives, such as:
The Maternity Quality Matters Initiative
, which focuses on impacting maternity care policy at the federal and state levels and within organizations, health plans, and hospitals.
New Mothers Speak Out: National Survey Results Highlight Women's Postpartum Experiences
, a report based on data from our national Listening to Mothers surveys
, which highlights the social, emotional, and physical health and workplace challenges many new mothers face. The report received extensive media coverage thanks to a Wall Street Journal article
by reporter Rachel Zimmerman.
Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve
, a report that takes stock of the U.S. maternity care system and presents policy recommendations for improving maternity care. The report was developed by Childbirth Connection, the Reforming States Group, and the Milbank Memorial Fund and received widespread coverage, including articles
by Rita Rubin in USA Today
and a Consumer Reports
and true-false quiz
* Participation as co-chair of the National Quality Forum's Perinatal Care Performance Measures Steering Committee, which endorsed 17 perinatal consensus standards to measure the care received by mothers and babies from the third trimester of pregnancy through discharge from a hospital or birth center. These standards provide information consumers can use to compare providers and birth settings, purchasers can use to reward high performers, facilities, clinicians can use to improve practice, and policymakers can use to identify opportunities for policy intervention.
* Inclusion on several national advisory committees of prestigious organizations working to improve health care quality, including the Patient Consumer Advisory Panel of the Center for Medical Policy Technology, the Steering Committee of the Guidelines International Network's Working Group on Patient and Public Involvement, and the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Staff also continued their involvement as Vice Chair of the National Quality Forum's Consumer Council, Consumer Coordinator for North America of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, member of the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project of the National Partnership for Women and Families, and Steering Committee member of Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need.
* A landmark policy symposium, Transforming Maternity Care: A High Value Proposition
, to be held on April 3, 2009 in Washington DC. Childbirth Connection is engaging close to 100 accomplished quality leaders from across the health care system in our preparations for this event. The symposium will produce a Blueprint for Action to improve the structure, process, and outcomes of care for mothers and babies.
As you can see, your financial support is making a real difference! There is still so much more we must do to ensure that maternity care is safe, effective, woman-centered, timely, and equitable for all women and their families. Please consider making a year-end contribution to help us reach our $90,000 goal. Give online today.
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Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association. Our mission is to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.
News and Features
Listening to MothersSM III: New Mothers Speak Out
(June 2013) reports on new national surveys about issues women face in the postpartum period and their views about maternity care.
Access the full report and supplementary materials
Listening to MothersSM III
(May 2013) 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.
Access the full report and supplementary materials New Report: Maternity Care and
report and supporting materials New Report: The Cost of Having a Baby in the United
StatesGo to report
and supporting materials New Cesarean Resources:Go to Best Evidence Report Go to web pages and booklet for women
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