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.
The About Us section of our website provides background information on our organization and our accomplishments over the years on behalf of mothers, babies and families.
A high-quality, high-value maternity care system is within reach, and childbearing women are the most important stakeholders to drive system change.
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 for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System" and "Blueprint for Action." These reports were the culmination of over two years' collaborative multi-stakeholder work aimed at reversing troubling trends and achieving high-quality, high-value maternity care.
Transforming Maternity Care offers full access to these reports and tracks and coordinates efforts to implement recommendations. Visit the site today to learn how you can be part of the transformation.
Also be sure to visit the Transforming Maternity Care Blog. The blog highlights innovative quality improvement efforts, introduces readers to inspiring leaders, analyzes health care trends, and shares opportunities and resources. Join the conversation to transform maternity care.
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!
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Childbirth Connection celebrated 90 years of maternity care quality improvement in 2008! To mark this special anniversary, we created a timeline highlighting major milestones over nine decades and ending with the organization's current focus on policy as a core strategy for meeting the needs of childbearing women and their families.
Download the Childbirth Connection 90-Year Timeline (PDF)
Childbirth Connection sponsors awards that were established to pay tribute to two outstanding women leaders of the organization: Carola Warburg Rothschild and Hazel Corbin. The Carola Warburg Rothschild Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the health and well-being of women and their families. The Hazel Corbin/Childbirth Connection Award administered by American College of Nurse-Midwives is designed to support or augment projects that advance knowledge of the safety and effectiveness of midwifery practices and application of this knowledge. Find out more about these awards and those who received them.
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We have won a number of awards over the years, including recognition for the redesign of our website from WebAward and the World Wide Web Health Award, National Women's Health Network's "Honor 30 for the 30th," and a Doulas of North America Research Award.
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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 of maternity care through research, education, advocacy and policy. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.
Most recent page update: 1/8/2013