The Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey, or, When It Comes To Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infant and Maternal Health, It Never Hurts To Ask

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  • Russell S. Kirby PhD, MS, FACE

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    1. Russell Kirby is Professor and Marrell Endowed Chair in the Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, Florida, USA.
      Address correspondence to Russell S. Kirby, PhD, Professor and Marrell Endowed Chair, Department of Community and Family Health USF College of Public Health, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 56, Tampa, FL 33612, USA.
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Address correspondence to Russell S. Kirby, PhD, Professor and Marrell Endowed Chair, Department of Community and Family Health USF College of Public Health, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 56, Tampa, FL 33612, USA.

Abstract

ABSTRACT: The Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey provides a wealth of data on reproductive decision-making, prenatal care and experiences of women during their pregnancies, intrapartum and postpartum experiences, as well as women’s mental health, social supports, and health behaviors. This population-based representative sample survey, drawn from a sampling frame based on the Canadian Census for 2006, puts a human face on pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum maternal health, and parenting, and could serve as a model for similar data collection efforts in other countries. (BIRTH 35:4 December 2008)

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