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Maternity Survey Results Finds Experiences of Care in England Deteriorated in Last 5 Years

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Findings from the 2022 Maternity Survey at a national level shows that people’s experiences of care in England have deteriorated in the last 5 years. Results of the survey were released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), an independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.

Women and other pregnant people who gave birth between 1 and 28 February 2022 (and January if a trust did not have a minimum of 300 eligible births in February) were invited to take part in the survey. Fieldwork took place between April and August 2022. Responses were received from 20,927 women and people who had recently given birth. This was a response rate of 46.5%.

Trend analysis was carried out on 26 evaluative questions on data from between 2017 and 2022. Results indicate that some experiences of maternity services in England haven’t yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels including care during labour and birth and postnatal care at home and in hospital.

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