Building on the successful National Maternity Surveys in England, NPEU Social Scientist Maggie Redshaw has collaborated with colleagues from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's University in Belfast on a Survey of Women's Experiences of Care in Northern Ireland. The survey report, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, details the experiences of 2,722 women who gave birth between October 2014 and December 2016. Comparisons with the English National Maternity Surveys show that the experiences of women in Northern Ireland and in England are broadly similar, but that overall women in Northern Ireland were less likely to feel involved in decision making about their care and were more satisfied with their care after the birth of their baby. Read the report.
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. Read more about the survey and download the full report.
Several national surveys of women’s experience of maternity care, carried out by the NPEU, have sought the views of women in England. Now, for the first time, women in Northern Ireland will have the chance to give their views on their care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period thanks to a collaboration between researchers at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast, Maggie Redshaw, NPEU Social Scientist and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Read more information about the survey.