The 2018 Maternity Services Survey published by the Care Quality Commission, puts the spotlight on the experiences of more than 17,500 women who gave birth last February across 129 NHS trusts.
Overall, women reported many positive experiences of maternity care in 2018. However the survey found that:
- 52.7% of women reported that they were ‘definitely’ given enough information about their own physical recovery after the birth. This is a 4.7 percentage point fall since 2017 (57.4%); 14.6% of women felt that they were not given enough information and 32.7% felt that they were ‘to some extent’.
- 56.3% of women were ‘definitely’ given enough information about any emotional changes they might experience after the birth. This is a 2.9 percentage point fall since 2017 (59.2%); 13.1% of women reported they were not given enough information and 30.6% reported that they were to some extent.
- 24.9% of women reported that they were not able to get advice or support about feeding their baby if they needed it out of hours. This is a rise of 2.5 percentage points since 2017 (22.4%).