It's a challenging time to be a health professional, and especially one with responsibility for pregnant women, new mothers and babies. Health professional practice in the 21st century requires the capacity to understand, provide and foster care that is consistent with results of the best available research -- whether providing direct services, setting policy, conducting research, or educating professionals and childbearing women themselves. A vast continually evolving literature of uneven quality poses major challenges for busy professionals.
Childbirth Connection and this website are ready to lend a hand. Resources here can help maternity professionals:
- stay abreast of the evolving literative and in touch with more definitive resources for guiding practice
- develop skills for locating and critically appraising systematic reviews, better studies, guidelines and other resources
- apply the best knowledge about making change and improving practice
- better understand perspectives of mothers themselves
- provide childbearing women with trustworthy woman-friendly resources for taking responsibility and making informed decisions.
A High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System Is Within Reach
Childbirth Connection brought together more than 100 health care leaders - from delivery systems, providers, and consumers to health plans and purchasers, liability insurers and quality experts - to develop two direction-setting reports, "2020 Vision" and "Blueprint for Action." These reports were the culmination of over two years' collaborative multi-stakeholder work aimed at reversing troubling maternity care trends. Transforming Maternity Care offers full access to these reports and tracks and coordinates efforts to implement recommendations.
The site also offers many opportunities for health professionals to be involved in the transformation. Learn how to take action as a health professional, or access a variety of improvement tools, from lists of quality collaboratives and toolkits, to a data center. Also, be sure to read the Transforming Maternity Care Blog, which highlights innovative quality improvement efforts, analyzes health care trends, and shares opportunities and resources.
Help Transform Maternity Care!
For the past 95 years, Childbirth Connection has been dedicated to improving the quality of maternity care for all women and their families through research, education, advocacy and policy. Join our continuing efforts to make quality maternity care a top priority for policymakers, public and private purchasers, health care providers, and women themselves. Learn more about Transforming Maternity Care, and please consider a donation to help support it!
Inside For Health Professionals:
Evidence-Based Maternity Care Resource DirectoryConsult this growing compendium of judiciously chosen and regularly updated resources for essential help with understanding and practicing within an evidence-based framework.
Go to Evidence-Based Maternity Care Resource Directory
Four times a year, we highlight the most recent systematic reviews and evidence reports in the field and provide a brief commentory on evidence-based practice, and all columns from early 2003 onward are collected here.
Go to Evidence Columns
This area provides details about and access to the systematic reviews that Childbirth Connection has commissioned, carried out, or collaborated in.
Go to Systematic Reviews
Learn what mothers told us in the first national U.S. survey of women's childbearing experiences, and check back in fall 2006 for results of Listening to Mothers II, which charts trends and includes many new and timely topics.
Go to Listening to Mothers
Here is an overview of the leading resources in the For Women area of this website, which can help the women you work with become active participants in their care and make informed decisions.
Go to Pregnancy Resources for Women
Read Childbirth Connection's acclaimed rights statement, which is based on widely recognized human rights and includes information about the legal status of specific rights.
Go to Rights of Childbearing Women
We welcome your feedback about what is here and what else you would like to see. Please check back regularly, as we continue to develop and update the For Health Professionals area.
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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 : Health Professionals
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
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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