The survey received 18,400 responses from women who gave birth in February 2017, across 130 NHS Trusts.
The fifth survey of its kind showed 59% of women said they received help from members of staff within a reasonable amount of time after giving birth, a 5% increase in comparison to the last study carried out in 2015.
88% of women also said they were treated with dignity and respect during labour, an increase in comparison to 86% in 2015 and 85% in 2013.
The latest maternity survey also showed a notable increase in women being asked about their emotional wellbeing (64% compared to 57% in the 2015 survey).
96% said they received contact information on who to contact if they experienced emotional changes once back at home. 1% less than reported in 2015.
CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said: “This year’s survey shows some very positive results about the quality of maternity care being provided in the NHS. This is a testament to efforts and dedication of staff working hard to provide care for pregnant women and new mothers across the country.”
However, continuity in antenatal care remains an issue with just 38% of women saying they saw the same midwife throughout their antenatal appointments.
During labour and birth, 19% of women who raised a concern felt they were not taken seriously.
“The scope for continued improvement remains, particularly in relation to women’s choices about their antenatal care and ensuring enough information is available to support women through any emotional changes they might experience after giving birth,” Professor Ted Baked added.
The full 2017 maternity can be found here.
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