Have you given birth in the last five years?
Written by Madeleine Speed, the Pelvic Partnership. March 2015
At a time when public services and resources are still vulnerable to cuts, it is important that we do everything we can to provide feedback on our experiences of using services and facilities that are important to us. Even where services seem reasonably safe, offering our opinions, comments and experiences can help to share information and drive up standards.
Maternity care is an area of great importance to the Pelvic Partnership team as it is to our target audience of women who are predominantly of child-bearing age with young families. Apparently, there are about 4.7 million women who give birth in Europe annually. However, there are significant cross-EU differences in maternity care cultures, philosophies, organisation, uptake, and outcomes (Euro-Peristat Group 2008). Given this, we would like to encourage women who have given birth in the last five years to complete a survey on maternity care being carried out by iresearch4birth.eu website (the group carrying out the survey: ‘Babies Born Better’ is made up of around 100 academics, midwives, doctors, policy makers and healthcare specialists who want to iron-out inequalities in maternity services, increase choices and raise standards to benefit women).
Please help to feedback your experiences if you have given birth in the last five years. The ‘Babies Born Better’ survey aims to find out about women’s views and experiences relating to maternity care in a number of different European countries. The project aims to find out about best practice in maternity care and where high standards of care can be found across Europe.
The survey takes the form of 20 questions which should take less than 10 minutes to answer. It is currently available in 19 languages and the organisers have had to date over 23,000 responses from women across Europe. Please complete the survey as soon as possible before the end of March as findings will start to be posted on the iresearch4birth.eu website from 1st April 2015. Thank you.
Further details, links to the survey in all the languages and some initial results are available at www.iresearch4birth.eu