The majority of women in the UK who have accessed maternity services were satisfied with the level of care they received from nurses and midwives, a new report reveals.
Research from The Picker Institute shows that most new mothers believe they had a positive experience giving birth in an NHS hospital, highlighting the valuable work that Britain's nursing staff provide.
With childbirth the most common reason for hospital admittance in the UK, it is vital that women receive the highest possible standard of care at this special, and often challenging, time in their lives, with the report largely finding that those who are pregnant or have just given birth are happy with NHS maternity care.
However, the researchers also outlined a number of areas where it believes there is room for improvement regarding maternity and newborn care, based on survey responses.
For example, the study authors believe that more women should be given the option to devise their own personalised care plan to ensure they have the best possible chance of getting the birth they want - whether that turns out to be at home or in a specialist obstetric unit - and should be able to discuss each decision in detail with a medical professional.
In addition, the report suggests that maternity patients should have the power to choose their own provider of care throughout their pregnancy and during the postnatal period, as long as it falls within the scope of their NHS Personal Maternity Care Budget.
Finally, The Picker Institute believes that unbiased, detailed information needs to be on offer to help women to make better-informed choices about their maternity care.
The report authors concluded: "The majority of new mothers in England report positive experiences in NHS facilities. However, effective involvement - a pillar of person-centred care - is not always being achieved, particularly in postnatal care, and there remains significant room for improvement in some key components of maternal experience."
Written by James Puckle
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