A report by NCT and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) shows personalisation and birth choice policies are not being met.
According to the ‘Women’s experiences of maternity services’ report, choice and personalisation policy aspirations are still not being met, with the report showing 14% were told where to have their baby despite their preferences and 44% only had one birthplace option.
The report also found that 89% of women saw up to six midwives during the antenatal period, with the majority of respondents seeing between one and four.
The ‘Women’s experiences of maternity services’ report builds on findings of the first survey, conducted by NCT and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) in 2013, showing how maternity experiences have changed alongside policy changes.
“The intention and outcome of the survey is to provide a useful benchmark from which to track and assess changes in maternity service provision over time,” the report states.
2,500 women who gave birth in England and Wales in 2014, 2015 or the first half of 2016 took part in the survey.
The Support Overdue 2017 campaign has been created to raise awareness of the concerns outlined in the report, as well as calling for further improvements in maternity services.
Midwives and allied health professionals are encouraged to discuss the report and its findings on social media using the hashtag #Supportoverdue.
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