The Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2018 results have shown that while there has been positive experiences in some areas, there has also been a decline in some aspects of maternity care services.
In the latest report, comparing results from the last report in 2017, there was an increase in the number of women being asked about how they felt emotionally during their antenatal care (57% in 2015, 64% in 2017 and 68% in 2018).
82% of women said their midwife ‘always’ listened to them, with 88% saying they were spoken to in a way that they could understand.
Another positive result from the survey saw 97% of women saying they had a phone number to contact a midwife or midwifery team.
96% also said their partner or someone close to them were able to be involved as much as they wanted to be during labour and birth.
However, the report also highlights areas for improvement.
While more women are seeing the same midwife during their antenatal appointments since 2015, the percentage of women remained the same in 2018 and 2017 (38%).
28% said they did not see the same midwife but would have liked to, with 85% reporting that the midwives caring for them during labour and birth were not involved in their antenatal care.
Commenting on the CQC Maternity Services Survey, Head of Health and Social Policy at the Royal College of Midwifes (RCM), Sean O’Sullivan, said: “It is very encouraging to see the steady improvement in many areas of maternity care, and we know the Government are working hard to improve our maternity services.
“But it is worrying that some areas are progressing very slowly, standing still or indeed going backwards. Continuity of care is crucial to ensure safe and high quality care, yet many women are not getting the continuity of carer they want and need.”
The full CQC Maternity Services Survey 2018 can be found here.
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