NEW YORK, NY, August 5, 2008 – Childbirth Connection, a leading national not-for-profit organization that works to improve the quality of maternity care, today released New Mothers Speak Out, National Survey Results Highlight Women’s Postpartum Experiences. The report is based on new data from the national Listening to Mothers II Postpartum survey, and includes relevant results from the national Listening to Mothers II survey, which was conducted six months earlier and focused on childbearing experiences of the same women. Combined survey results from these landmark surveys provide an in-depth look at women’s postpartum experiences during the first eighteen months after giving birth.
The broad categories addressed include:
- Persistent physical and emotional health problems (such as post partum depression, feeling stressed, lack of sexual desire, cesarean-related problems, weight control)
- Breastfeeding experiences (most women who intend to breastfeed do not continue as long as they would have liked)
- Co-sleeping and demographic variation (these experiences vary widely by race/ethnicity and need more research)
- Nonexistent or insufficient social support from husbands, partners, and others
- Meager paid maternity leave benefits and multiple employment challenges (in other words, most women who work suffer for it)
To read the report in full, the press release, listen to podcasts, or find out more about the study, click here.