Last year, we ran a survey across Bucks, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire West to find out what women through of their maternity care.
Why did we do the project?
The Better Births strategy recommended that women should be offered a personalised care plan. This plan will give women the option to record more about their choices and what is important to them. It will cover the time while women are pregnant, during the birth of their baby and for a short time after.
What did we do?
We worked with Healthwatch Oxfordshire, Healthwatch Reading, Healthwatch Wokingham Borough, and Healthwatch West Berkshire to speak to women who had been pregnant or had a baby between Jan 2015 and Dec 2018. We asked about:
- their experiences of making choices about maternity care
- what the personalised care plan should include
- what the plan should look like
We got 1400 responses through the survey. We also visited six groups to hear views from those who were unlikely to have responded to the survey.