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The Los Angeles Mommy and Baby is a population-based mail-in survey that collects information concerning the health of Los Angeles County mothers.  The results are used for assessing health-related needs of the population, for program planning and policy development, and for program evaluation.  The relatively large sample size allows categorization of data for large demographic subgroups and across geographic regions of the County, such as Service Planning Areas (SPAs).

Survey Topics

  • Access to health care
  • Quality of care
  • Alcohol, drug, and tobacco use
  • Birth control and pregnancy intention
  • Breastfeeding
  • Co-sleeping
  • Education
  • Environmental exposures
  • Food insecurity
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Maternal medical conditions and obstetrical history
  • Neighborhood cohesiveness and characterization
  • Perceived racism
  • Physical activity
  • Postpartum and well-baby checkups
  • Preconception planning
  • Prenatal care access, content, and satisfaction
  • Stress, coping, and social support

Sources of Questions

The questions were primarily drawn or adapted from several validated state and national surveys (e.g., Maternal and Infant Health Assessment [MIHA], a collaborative project of the California Department of Public Health (Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program) and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC San Francisco; CDC’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System [PRAMS]).

Survey Instruments



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