More than 2,500 women share their attitudes and experiences of childbirth. The results reveal what is and isn't working with maternity care in the Golden State.
Listening to Mothers in California is a statewide, population-based survey of women who gave birth in 2016. Led by the National Partnership for Women and Families, the project was funded by CHCF and the Yellow Chair Foundation. This collection features a variety of survey-related resources:
- Highlights of survey results: a data snapshot, and a file of individual data snapshot charts (ZIP)
- Comprehensive findings: full survey report (PDF), and interactive digital version of the full survey report
- Infographic on the overmedicalization of childbirth
- Fact sheets on care team and place of birth (PDF), cesarean births (PDF), and maternal mental health (PDF)
- Issue briefs on the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander (PDF), Black (PDF), and Latina (PDF) mothers
- Videos featuring stories from childbearing women and providers (see below)
- Background materials including the survey methodology (PDF), a fact sheet about the survey (PDF), and the complete survey questionnaire (PDF)
- Webinar materials (recording and webinar slides)
- Data set containing survey responses available via the University of North Carolina Dataverse
All of the resources from this survey are available via National Partnership and through this collection.
Not Listening to Mothers
Infographic: The Overmedicalization of Childbirth
National Partnership for Women & Families: Listening to Mothers in California
CHCF teamed up with National Partnership for Women & Families to conduct the Listening to Mothers in California survey, which finds many women — and especially Black women — are not getting the care they seek in childbirth. Many report unwanted interventions that research indicates are not needed and that produce poor outcomes. Visit the National Partnership site to find all of the survey products, including an interactive digital version of the full survey report.