Maternity Matters - Wessex Voices report into experiences of maternity services in Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and PortsmouthRead Now
Over 1200 women share their experience of local maternity services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (including Southampton and Portsmouth)
More than 1200 women and their birthing partners have shared their experience of the maternity system across Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth.
The views were collected by Wessex Voices (a collaboration between local Healthwatch and NHS England) who were asked to carry out a survey, to understand the experiences of mothers and birth partners using maternity services in the last year.
Healthwatch Hampshire, on behalf of Wessex Voices, worked with local maternity and Health Visiting services to gather feedback that will help commissioners and maternity service providers ensure that women have an informed and empowered choice through their pregnancy and birth.
The survey is in support of the national Better Births report recommendations; the report of the National Maternity Review that was published in February 2016 and set out a clear vision: for maternity services across England.
The 1200 views were collected from nine child development clinics across the region and through social media. The views were summarised into the following nine key areas:
Healthwatch Hampshire’s Engagement Officer, Rachel Bullock said: “We are really pleased to have reached so many people willing to discuss their experiences of local maternity services. This range of views provides a valuable resource that will help to improve the maternity experience for future mums and their families”.
For a link to the report and more information visit:
https://www.wessexvoices.org/uploads/9/2/1/6/92161062/maternity_matters_report_2017.pdf and http://www.healthwatchhampshire.co.uk/maternity
For more information: Sue Newell, Wessex Voices Project Manager
Direct Line: 07595 424198