The Local Maternity System is working to improve maternity services so women receive excellent care that is more personal and family friendly. Wessex Voices is carrying out a survey to understand experiences of using maternity services to help improve them and ensure women have an informed and empowered choice through their pregnancy and birth.
We want to hear from women and birthing partners who have had a baby in the last 12 months. Our website contains more information about the work and two short surveys (one for women and one for birthing partners) which should take between five and 15 minutes to complete. It will be open until the 30th September 2017. www.healthwatchhampshire/maternity
Wessex Voices and Healthwatch Hampshire will be promoting this far and wide via our websites and social media, as well as targeting relevant facebook groups etc. Our NHS colleagues are helping promote via their networks too. We will also have a presence at a number of venues across the patch in August and September – details all available on our website.
Give us your views on local maternity services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (including Southampton and Portsmouth)
Launch of the Local Maternity Services Survey 2017 – Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth
The Local Maternity System for Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth are working to improve services in line with the national Better Births report recommendations (2016). Seven priorities from the report aim to drive improvement to ensure women across the UK receive excellent care that is more personal and family friendly.
Wessex Voices (a collaboration between local Healthwatch and NHS England) is carrying out a survey to understand experiences of using maternity services. They are working with local maternity services to gather feedback that will help us better understand how services can be improved to ensure women have an informed and empowered choice through their pregnancy and birth.
“We really want to hear from as many women and birthing partners, who have had a baby in the last 12 months, about their experiences of our services. In the first days after birth there can be lots to adjust to so we would also like to know about the support women and families receive then. People’s views will feed into how we improve services in future.” Sally Pastellas, Senior Commissioning Manager Children and Maternity Commissioning Collaborative.
“We have devised two short questionnaires – one for women and one for birthing partners – that won’t take long to complete. We will also be out and about meeting women at Health Visitor sessions and other events across the area. I’m really looking forward to talking to parents about their experiences of maternity services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. I think this is a great opportunity for new parents to help shape future services by sharing their stories with us.” Rachel Bullock, Healthwatch Hampshire Engagement Officer.
For more information about this work, including a list of Health Visitor and other events, please visit: www.healthwatchhampshire.co.uk/maternity
Contact: Rachel Bullock, Healthwatch Hampshire
Tel: 01962 440262
Direct Line: 07436102870
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