Parents and other people with experience of local maternity services in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay are currently being asked for their views on local maternity services in the county.
During the course of a pregnancy, a woman is likely to have experienced care from more than four different NHS services. These range from midwife appointments, scans at the local hospital, antenatal clinics, GP appointments and then the actual labour experience itself.
The call for feedback extends not just to mums – feedback is also sought from fathers, partners, carers, family members and anyone else who has experience of maternity services that they can call on and share.
Through this engagement, the NHS in Devon will explore the recommendations of NHS England’s Better Births review. This national review focuses on personalised care, continuity of care (i.e. seeing the same health professionals), better postnatal and perinatal mental health care, digital medical records and the wider planning of maternity services.
During this time, NHS staff will be attending local children’s centre groups and events right across the county to hear first-hand people’s experience of maternity services in Devon.
The local NHS is asking people to spend just five minutes of their time feeding back on their experience of maternity services and how it was for them and their family.