The U.S. health care system is complex and, unfortunately, has major problems that can sometimes make people sicker rather than healthier. The maternity care system is no exception. Getting excellent care and having a safe, healthy, and satisfying pregnancy and birth experience can be challenging. It is much more likely when you know your maternity care options and participate actively in all aspects of your care and your baby’s care.
This section of the website provides the basic information women need to make sense of our maternity care system and learn how to navigate it to achieve a healthy and safe birth.
Most recent page update: 11/2/2012
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Founded in 1918, Childbirth Connection has joined forces with and become a core program of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Together, these two women's health powerhouses are transforming maternity care in the United States.
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Check out our resource, "Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care"
Childbirth Connection has joined forces with and become a core program of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
This interactive timeline highlights our trailblazing work since 1918.
We want all women and babies receive the best possible maternity care.