The ‘2015 survey of women’s experiences of maternity care’, conducted by the CQC shows that 37% of women saw a midwife as their first point of contact, which is a significant increase from 19% recorded in 2007. 
It also shows that 36% of pregnant women saw the same midwife for antenatal appointments – a 2% increase than in 2013.
During labour and birth, 75% of pregnant women who took the survey said they felt they were always involved in decisions.
80% of respondents also said they had confidence and trust in their midwives – a 2% increase from 2007.
Responding to the CQC’s survey results, Director for Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, Louise Silverton said: “The RCM welcomes the findings of this CQC maternity survey published today. The survey results are positive and indeed suggest overall that women are experiencing better care during pregnancy and birth.”
Despite positive results in most areas, the survey said that some women were worried when they were left alone during labour, with 2% saying they were left alone during the birth itself.
“It is deeply concerning to see that women are still being left alone in early labour (14 per-cent). While almost a quarter of the women surveyed said they were left alone and were bothered by this, at some stage during their labour and this is simply not expectable in 2015,” Louise Silverton added.
In addition to these findings, 85% of women said they were asked about their emotional well-being at some point during their pregnancy and 97% during postnatal care.
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