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National Maternity Survey 2014; women's experience of maternity care

Principal investigator
Maggie Redshaw (NPEU (Former member))
Jane Henderson (NPEU (Former member))
Women's experience of maternity care
Department of Health
Start year
End year
NPEU Contact
Jenny Kurinczuk


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 or download the full report. Further analyses on changes in maternity care using this and earlier NPEU data sets were carried out and a paper published: 'Change over time in women's views and experiences of maternity care in England, 1995-2014: A comparison using survey data.':


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