Local Healthwatches have joined together (Buckinghamshire, Wokingham Borough, Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and Reading) to get mothers’ feedback on what was important to them while they were pregnant. The NHS will use their views to make maternity care better.
The NHS have asked Healthwatch to run this survey, following the National Maternity Review. The review said that every woman should be able to make more decisions about her care.
Healthwatch need mothers to tell them what they want changes to look like for maternity services of the future. This will help other women plan their care in the future. We will collect the results from the survey and give them to the NHS. Your local NHS will use these results to help support women in planning their care.
Over the years, the Local Healthwatches have received many pieces of feedback on maternity services from local women. While there is good feedback about the staff and support, this is not always the case.
We have heard a lot of women say that they haven’t been able to access information or book appointments when they’re needed most. This can be very stressful, especially for new mothers. I’m so glad we’re running this survey so that voices like that will be heard and acted upon. We are really pleased to be working on this project to help the NHS support women during maternity.
It is really important to the Local Maternity system that we build on the learning from the National Maternity review. We are therefore asking women how we can make their care more individualised to meet their needs. We are developing personalised care plans and want to hear from women about what’s important to them about their pregnancy, birth of their baby and then after giving birth.