National Maternity Surveys are important to find out about women's health and experiences of care around the time of pregnancy. Information from these surveys provides snapshots of care and points for comparison over time. The results of these surveys are used to help improve maternity care throughout the country.
You and Your Baby Survey 2020
The You and Your Baby Survey 2020 has now closed.
Thank you to everybody who has taken the time to share your experiences with us. We are now busy analysing all of your responses and we will publish a report of our findings on this website later this year. Please check back to read about the survey results and how they will be used to help improve maternity care for mums, babies, and families.
If you weren't able to take part in the You and Your Baby Survey 2020, please look out for future maternity surveys run by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit.
If you would like to look at the findings from the previous National Maternity Surveys, please click on the links below.
Previous maternity surveys
You and Your Baby Survey 2018
The You and Your Baby Survey 2018 explored the health and wellbeing of women who had recently given birth in England. Women were invited to take part in the survey six months after giving birth and a total of 4,509 women returned postal or online questionnaires. Looking at trends over time, the results suggest that there have been some positive changes in recent years in terms of infant feeding practices, smoking behaviours around the time of pregnancy, and return to work patterns following childbirth. These developments continue longer-term trends which reflect changes in legislation and policy. One significant challenge highlighted by the survey is the ongoing need to address maternal mental health problems and to offer women the support they need.
A report of the findings from the survey and an infographic summary of the key findings are available to download here:
It is important that we are able to include a large number of women in the national maternity surveys so that our findings are based on the views and experiences of a wide range of mothers. Therefore, we are continually working to improve the way that we carry out the surveys and to develop the questionnaires that we send to women. In preparation for the 2018 survey, we carried out some pilot surveys to find out how best to encourage women to take part and the best ways to ask women about their maternity experiences.
A report of the key findings from the pilot surveys is available to download here:
Findings of the 2014 National Maternity Survey, launched on 26th February, show that, compared with earlier surveys in 2006 and 2010, women are realising they are pregnant and seeing a health professional earlier, with 96% seeking care by 12 weeks. Other results show that postnatal hospital stays are continuing to get shorter and the number of postnatal visits is declining. Overall satisfaction with care remains high although, as in earlier surveys, satisfaction with postnatal care is lower than that for antenatal care or care in labour and delivery.
The results of the 2014 National Maternity Survey is available to download:
More than 5000 women who had recently given birth responded to a questionnaire in 2010 about their experience of care during pregnancy, childbirth and the early months at home. This survey found that most women were positive about their care, although satisfaction with postnatal care was lower suggesting that this is an area of concern.
The survey was funded by the Department of Health.
The results of the 2010 survey on women's pregnancy, labour and birth and postnatal care and their views of care can be downloaded here:
The NPEU carried out a similar National Survey of Experience of Maternity Care in 2006 providing a benchmark of practice and a baseline for measuring change over time. The results of that national survey of recent mothers were published in March 2007 and can be downloaded here:
Further research has been carried out using the survey data from 2006 and 2010 including studies on: measuring women's perceptions of care, worries about labour and birth, health problems in pregnancy, women's experience of caesarean section, induction of labour and infant feeding, health outcomes for women, anxiety and depression during pregnancy and after childbirth, and social and ethnic differences in antenatal screening. View the NPEU publications.