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Survey of women in Wales results must drive maternity care says RCM

9 October, 2017

Survey of women in Wales results must drive maternity care says RCM

Today the Welsh Government has published the findings of the ‘Your Birth We Care’ survey. The survey aimed to evaluate women’s views of antenatal services and how current service provisions can prepare women for labour, birth and parenting. It will also help develop a shared vision for the future of midwifery led services based on the findings.

Commenting on the survey results, Helen Rogers, Director of the Royal College of Midwives in Wales, said: “This is important information about what women want from their maternity services, and it should drive how their care is delivered.

“There is a clear call from women for stronger relationships with their midwife. This strengthens our calls for better continuity of carer for women. This means women seeing the same midwife, or small group of midwives, throughout and after their pregnancy.

“It is also crucial that women are given the information they need to make informed decisions about their care, with the support of their midwife.

“Choice about their birth, and real access to that choice should also be at the heart of services. We must work together to ensure that those choices are honoured and respected and that women are supported in them.

“This points the direction in which services must go and, we also need the resources and right staffing levels to ensure Wales can deliver the safest and highest quality maternity care.”

To contact the RCM Press Office call 020 7312 3456, or email pressofficer@rcm.org.uk.

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