In the pipeline: Get ready for a flurry of landmark reports and resources to transform maternity care

Childbirth Connection’s 95-year history includes many landmark reports and resources that have shaped maternity care and galvanized needed progress. It may seem like things have been quiet on that front for a while, but that’s about to change, just in time for our 95th birthday.

Get ready for a flurry of resources to help transform maternity care.  We’ve been hard at work to produce these new reports and will soon make them freely available for all stakeholders to use to help push for high-quality, high-value maternity care.

Here’s what’s in the pipeline and the estimated date of delivery (EDD) for each:

Vaginal or Cesarean Birth: What Is at Stake for Women and Babies?

The first major update to our cesarean resources since 2006, this evidence report, updated web pages, and consumer booklet will convey best evidence about c-section and vaginal birth to help inform decision making.

EDD: December 2012 

The Cost of Having a Baby in the United States

This new report will illuminate the full scope of costs associated with U.S. maternal and newborn care, with breakdowns by maternal and newborn services, vaginal and cesarean birth, commercial and Medicaid payment, phase of care (prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum), and types of service (maternity care provider, facility, anesthesiology, pharmacy, radiology, lab). Special analyses will examine costs associated with neonatal intensive care and cost variation across selected states, and will compare maternal payments in 2010 and 2004. Childbirth Connection, Catalyst for Payment Reform, and the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform commissioned the report from Truven Health Analytics.

EDD: December 2012 

Maternity Care and Liability: Pressing Problems, Substantive Solutions

This report will synthesize the best available research about the impact of the liability environment on maternity care, and analyze policy options for alleviating persistent liability concerns. The release of the report will coincide with the publication of three articles and accompanying commentaries in Women’s Health Issues. Win-win-win solutions for childbearing families, maternity providers, and payers are within reach.

EDD: January 2013

Listening to Mothers III: Pregnancy and Birth

This report, made possible with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, follows on previous landmark national Listening to Mothers surveys to clarify current practice and chart trends. In addition, many new survey questions will provide timely information to enhance maternity care quality improvement initiatives and understand evolving issues and concerns.

EDD: February 2013

Listening to Mothers III: New Mothers Speak Out

This follow-up report illuminates the experiences of women who have recently given birth in the United States and their families, with details of the well being of mothers and babies, families and relationships, and employment and childcare. The report will also describe new mothers’ values, attitudes, preferences, and beliefs about childbearing and maternity care.

EDD: May 2013

Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing

This report will bring together the best available research to describe how major hormones function in late pregnancy, labor and birth, breastfeeding, and attachment. The report will describe growing recognition of benefits for women and newborns of physiologic childbearing and the disruptive effects of common maternity care practices.

EDD: Spring 2013

Maternity Care Shared Decision Making Initiative

With the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, we’re extending the proven benefits of shared decision making to childbearing women and newborns.

2013 will see the launch of our first three Smart Decision Guides, developed to promote shared decision making about induction of labor and cesarean delivery.

EDD: Summer 2013

Help us maximize the impact of these resources

If you use our reports and find them helpful in your work or advocacy, please consider making a gift to help us continue to provide resources like these. Your year-end, tax-deductible donation will also help Childbirth Connection take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to use these forthcoming reports and resources to transform maternity care. We’re asking our supporters to give $95 to celebrate Childbirth Connection’s 95th birthday, and to help drive meaningful improvements in the quality and value of maternity care before we turn 100.

Filed in Blog, New Reports and Resources on Wed., Dec 5, 2012

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