The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has launched a new national campaign aimed at raising awareness of the CQC amongst women who are pregnant, planning to have a baby, or have recently used maternity services in England.

40% of women who recently gave birth either weren’t aware or didn’t feel they had a choice about their birth hospital, according to our research.

The CQC want more women to be aware that that:

  • All women have a choice about where to give birth, whether at home or in hospital
  • If you’re pregnant and choosing where to have your baby, the free CQC inspection reports can help you make an informed decision
  • If you’ve recently had a baby in hospital the CQC would like you to share your experience of maternity services with them

Your experiences

You can listen to women who have recently accessed maternity care services talk about their experiences over on the CQC website.

Join the conversation

The CQC also want to hear from women about their experiences of care. You can use the #YourBirthPlan hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, or tell them about your care through their website

Have your say

The CQC want to hear about your experiences of care. The information you give them supports the monitoring, inspecting and rating of services.

Although they can’t take individual complaints forward, the information and feedback you provide will help us to monitor services and plan our inspections. You can tell them about your experiences here.

Talk to us

We would also love to hear from you about your birth experience in Buckinghamshire. Maybe you’ve recently used Stoke Mandeville Hospital or Wycombe Birthing Unit and would like to leave a rating on our website.

You can help other women make informed decisions about where to have their baby and also let us know if there are any concerns.

We also love to hear from dads and our report Dads and Maternity: Partner Experience looks at the birthing experience from a dads point of view.


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