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Listening to Mothers in California

A project of the National Partnership for Women & Families, California Health Care Foundation and Yellow Chair Foundation.

Discussing Maternity Care With California Mothers

Annually, about a half million babies – or 1 in 8 U.S. infants – are born in California. Listening to Mothers in California explores the views and experiences of childbearing women with an in-depth focus on maternity care. This is the first state-level Listening to Mothers survey and was adapted to California needs and opportunities, including current maternity care issues in the state and the distinctive population of birthing women.

Read the Report

Check out the full report, along with interactive charts and tables

More Resources

Find additional resources and products that highlight key parts of the survey data


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Getting Started

Listening to Mothers in California Data Snapshot

Check out these helpful charts that highlight key findings from the Listening to Mothers in California survey.

The Stories Behind the Numbers

This video highlights three themes: racial and ethnic disparities in maternity care, maternal mental health and what respectful care looks like.

The Overmedicalization of Childbirth

This infographic illustrates the data behind the overuse of unwanted and unneeded interventions and the less invasive alternatives available

Listening to Mothers Full Survey Report

More than 2,500 women shared their attitudes and experiences with childbirth. Read what they have to say in the printable full survey report PDF.