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National Maternity Survey Reports

Harrison S, Alderdice F, McLeish J, Quigley MA. You and Your Baby: A national survey of health and care during the Covid-19 pandemic. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, 2022.
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Harrison S, Alderdice F, Henderson J, Quigley MA. You and Your Baby: A national survey of health and care. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, 2020.
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Redshaw M, Henderson J. Safely delivered: a national survey of women's experience of maternity care 2014. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, 2014.
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Redshaw M, Heikkila K. Delivered with care: a national survey of women's experience of maternity care 2010. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, 2010.
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Redshaw M, Rowe R, Hockley C, et al. Recorded Delivery: a national survey of women's experience of maternity care 2006. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, 2007.
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Audit Commission. First Class Delivery: Improving Maternity Services in England and Wales. London: Audit Commission, 1997. Not available online.

National Maternity Survey Journal Articles


Quigley MA, Harrison S, Levene I, McLeish J, Buchanan P, Alderdice F. Breastfeeding rates in England during the Covid-19 pandemic and the previous decade: analysis of national surveys and routine data. Plos One. 2023;

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Opondo C, Harrison S, Sanders J, Quigley MA, Alderdice F. The relationship between perineal trauma and postpartum psychological outcomes: a secondary analysis of a population-based survey. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023;23(1):639.

Harrison S, Quigley MA, Fellmeth G, Stein A, Alderdice F. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on postnatal depression: analysis of three population-based national maternity surveys in England (2014–2020). The Lancet Regional Health - Europe. 2023;30:100654.

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Harrison S, Alderdice F, Quigley MA. Impact of sampling and data collection methods on maternity survey response: a randomised controlled trial of paper and push-to-web surveys and a concurrent social media survey. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2023;23(1):10.


Fellmeth G, Harrison S, Quigley MA, Alderdice F. A Comparison of Three Measures to Identify Postnatal Anxiety: Analysis of the 2020 National Maternity Survey in England. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(11):6578.

Fellmeth G, Harrison S, McNeill J, Lynn F, Redshaw M, Alderdice F. Identifying postnatal anxiety: comparison of self-identified and self-reported anxiety using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022;22(1):180.


Opondo C, Harrison S, Alderdice F, Carson C, Quigley MA. Electronic cigarette use (vaping) and patterns of tobacco cigarette smoking in pregnancy–evidence from a population-based maternity survey in England. PLOS ONE. 2021;16(6):e0252817.

Harrison SE, Ayers S, Quigley MA, Stein A, Alderdice F. Prevalence and factors associated with postpartum posttraumatic stress in a population-based maternity survey in England. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2021;279:749-56.


Harrison S, Alderdice F, Quigley MA. External validity of prevalence estimates from the national maternity surveys in England: The impact of response rate. PLoS One. 2020;15(11):e0242815.

Harrison S, Alderdice F, Henderson J, Redshaw M, Quigley MA. Trends in response rates and respondent characteristics in five National Maternity Surveys in England during 1995–2018. Archives of Public Health. 2020;78(1):46.

Savage McGlynn E, Martin CR, Redshaw M. How mothers feel: Validation of a measure of maternal mood. J Eval Clin Pract. 2020;26(4):1242-1249.


Harrison S, Henderson J, Alderdice F, Quigley MA. Methods to increase response rates to a population-based maternity survey: a comparison of two pilot studies. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2019;19(1):65.

Redshaw M, Martin CR, Savage-McGlynn E, Harrison S. Women's experiences of maternity care in England: preliminary development of a standard measure. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2019;19(167).

Fellmeth G, Opondo C, Henderson J, Redshaw M, McNeill J, Lynn F, Alderdice F. Identifying postnatal depression: Comparison of a self-reported depression item with Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale scores at three months postpartum. J Affect Disord. 2019;251:8-14.

Alderdice F, Henderson J, Opondo C, Lobel M, Quigley M, Redshaw M. Psychosocial factors that mediate the association between mode of birth and maternal postnatal adjustment: findings from a population-based survey. BMC Womens Health. 2019;19(1):42.

Henderson J, Alderdice F, Redshaw M. Factors associated with maternal postpartum fatigue: an observational study. BMJ Open. 2019;9(7):e025927.


Henderson J, Jomeen J, Redshaw, M. Care and self-reported outcomes of care experienced by women with mental health problems in pregnancy: Findings from a national survey. Midwifery. 2018;56:171-178.

Henderson J, Carson C, Jayaweera H, Alderdice F, Redshaw M. Recency of migration, region of origin and women's experience of maternity care in England: Evidence from a large cross-sectional survey. Midwifery. 2018;67:87-94.

Martin CR, Redshaw M. Establishing a coherent and replicable measurement model of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Psychiatry Res. 2018;264:182-191.


Henderson J, Redshaw, M. Sociodemographic differences in women's experience of early labour care: A mixed methods study. BMJ Open. 2017;7(7): e016351.

Henderson J, Redshaw M. Change over time in women's views and experiences of maternity care in England, 1995-2014: A comparison using survey data. Midwifery. 2017;44:35-40

Martin CR, Hollins Martin C, Redshaw M. The Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised Indicator (BSS-RI). BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017;17(1):277.

Malouf R, Henderson J, Redshaw M. Access and quality of maternity care for disabled women during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period in England: data from a national survey. BMJ Open. 2017;7(7):e016757.


Henderson J, Carson C, Redshaw, M. Impact of preterm birth on maternal well-being and women's perceptions of their baby: A population-based survey. BMJ Open. 2016;6(10):e012676.

Redshaw M, Henderson J. Who is actually asked about their mental health in pregnancy and the postnatal period? Findings from a national survey. BMC Psychiatry. 2016;16(1):322.

Henderson J, Redshaw M. Worries About Labor and Birth: A Population-Based Study of Outcomes for Young Primiparous Women. Birth. 2016;43(2):151-158.


Lindquist A, Kurinczuk JJ, Redshaw M, Knight M. Experiences, utilisation and outcomes of maternity care in England among women from different socio-economic groups: findings from the 2010 National Maternity Survey. BJOG. 2015;122(12):1610-1617.


Oakley LL, Henderson J, Redshaw M, Quigley MA. The role of support and other factors in early breastfeeding cessation: an analysis of data from a maternity survey in England. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014;14:88.

Prosser SJ, Miller YD, Thompson R, Redshaw M. Why 'down under' is a cut above: a comparison of rates of and reasons for caesarean section in England and Australia. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014;14:149.


Henderson J, Redshaw M. Who is well after childbirth? Factors related to positive outcome. Birth. 2013;40(1):1-9.

Henderson J, Redshaw M. Women's experience of induction of labor: a mixed methods study. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2013;92(10):1159-1167.

Henderson J, Redshaw M. Anxiety in the perinatal period: antenatal and postnatal influences and women's experience of care. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2013;31(5):465-478.

Redshaw M, Henderson J. Fathers' engagement in pregnancy and childbirth: evidence from a national survey. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013;13:70.

Redshaw M, Henderson J. From antenatal to postnatal depression: associated factors and mitigating influences. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013;22(6):518-525.

Jomeen J, Redshaw M. Ethnic minority women's experience of maternity services in England. Ethn Health. 2013;18(3):280-296.


Redshaw M, Henderson J. Learning the Hard Way: Expectations and Experiences of Infant Feeding Support. Birth. 2012;39(1):21-9.

Rowlands IJ, Redshaw M. Mode of birth and women's psychological and physical wellbeing in the postnatal period. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2012;12:138.


Henderson J, Redshaw M. Midwifery factors associated with successful breastfeeding. Child: Care, Health and Development. 2011;37(5):744-53.

Klemetti R, Kurinczuk JJ, Redshaw M. Older women's pregnancy related symptoms, health and use of antenatal services. European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology. 2011;154(2):157-62.

Redshaw M, Heikkilä K. Ethnic differences in women's worries about labour and birth. Ethn Health. 2011;16(3):213-223.


Redshaw M, Hockley C. Institutional Processes and Individual Responses: Women's Experiences of Care in Relation to Cesarean Birth. Birth. 2010;37(2):150-9.


Redshaw M, Martin C, Rowe R, Hockley C. The Oxford Worries about Labour Scale: Women's experience and measurement characteristics of a measure of maternal concern about labour and birth. Psychology, Health & Medicine. 2009;14(3):354-66.

Redshaw M, Martin CR. Validation of a perceptions of care adjective checklist. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2009;15(2):281-8.


Rowe R, Puddicombe D, Hockley C, Redshaw M. Offer and uptake of prenatal screening for Down syndrome in women from different social and ethnic backgrounds. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2008;28(13):1245-50.

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