30 Jan 2020, 4:50 p.m.

Focusing on health, information and choice in maternity care

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published the National Maternity Survey. The survey results reveal the responses from women who had given birth in February 2019.

Women were asked questions about all aspects of their maternity care from the first time they saw a clinician or midwife, during labour and birth, through to the care provided at home in the weeks following the arrival of their baby.

All those providing maternity care very much appreciate and value feedback from those who use our maternity services. The feedback is used to help develop services to meet the needs of women and families.

We were particularly pleased to see that our Trust had better than average scores on the following questions and that there were no questions where we performed worse than other Trusts:

  • Were you offered any of the following choices about where to have your baby?
  • Did you get enough information from either a midwife or doctor to help you decide where to have your baby?
  • Did you feel that midwives and other health professionals gave you active support and encouragement about feeding your baby?
  • Were you given information about any changes you might experience to your mental health after having your baby?

We are very pleased with all of our results and these highlighted areas demonstrate how our focus on all aspects of health, alongside the provision of more information and support for choice within maternity care, is improving parents' experience and perceptions of maternity care.