Saturday, August 9, 2008

Grassroots Network: “New Mothers Speak Out” report from Childbirth Connection

Childbirth Connection has just announced the release of their New Mothers Speak Out survey report, the third report in their Listening to Mothers series.

Childbirth Connection wrote:

“The report was developed from pertinent results from the Listening to Mothers II survey and from the follow-up Listening to Mothers II Postpartum survey six months later. We found that women with young children face a broad range of challenges in the United States at this time. The results have notable implications for policy, practice and programs. The first step is awareness, and we would be grateful for your help in getting the word out to your networks. The survey report and companion documents [including a fact sheet and a press release] can be found by going [here].

“A story in today’s [August 5, 2008] Wall Street Journal focused on the maternal mental health results, and there is a companion podcast interview with Cheryl Tatano Beck. You can read the article and hear the podcast [here]

With the release of the New Mothers Speak Out report, Childbirth Connection is now making the Listening to Mothers II report available as a PDF file at NO CHARGE. All three reports are available in Quick Links box on the main LTM page.

The Listening to Mothers surveys are excellent resources that have demonstrated the high rates of interventions and explore issues not found in government statistics. In particular the LTM II survey includes the key evidence that almost no mothers are actually requesting cesarean sections, contradicting with hard evidence the opinions expressed by OBs and others that such requests account for a significant amount of the increase in the cesarean rate.

Susan Hodges, “gatekeeper”

More about Childbirth Connection:

Transforming Maternity Care: A High Value Proposition

Childbirth Connection’s 90th anniversary symposium, April 2009

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 for all women and their families.

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