Maternal Health Experience

The Maternal Health Network values the voices of pregnant families and as such collects information about their experiences with the maternal health system.

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Since 2019, the Maternal Health Network has collected surveys from families who are planning to get pregnant, those who are pregnant, and those who have recently delivered a child to gain a better understanding of the family experience in the maternal health system. The various Consumer Survey Reports are available as downloadable PDFs.

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2021 Consumer Report Survey

Key results of the 2021 Consumer Survey are available below. The full 2019 and 2021 reports can be accessed at the links above. The raw survey data used to generate the 2021 Consumer Survey Report is available to MHN members for use in their own research. To request this data, please email maternalhealthnetworksb@gmail.com and include a brief description of the research you will be conducting with this dataset.

Methodology

In 2019 members of the Maternal Health Network approved a 17-question survey tool which was distributed through the Network. Results of the 154 surveys completed in 2019 can be found in the 2019 Consumer Survey Report.

 

In 2020 this survey tool was refined through a collaborative effort between Cal Baptist, the Black Infant Health Project, and other members of the Maternal Health Network. Feedback on the 2019 survey and the identification of other areas of inquiry was solicited from MHN membership in May 2020 and the survey tool was finalized in June of the same year.

 

Throughout 2020 and 2021 a total of 253 surveys were completed by consumers from across the county. The number of responses varies for each question as not all respondents answered every question on the survey. When relevant, responses have been disaggregated by race/ethnicity (indicated by a blue icon) and insurance coverage (by a green icon) to highlight discrepancies and the need for equitable system improvements for these demographic categories. Some questions were also disaggregated by poverty status, but no meaningful results were seen and are thus not presented.

Results and Findings