BirthWise, Northern Ireland’s newest charity, has launched a comprehensive survey to capture women’s experiences of maternity services here.
The online survey includes questions about care received during pregnancy, labour and birth. It asks about where women gave birth, who was with them, and whether they were offered induction of labour, as well as questions about postnatal support.
BirthWise volunteer, Claire Flynn, said “I had my baby in 2015 and I didn’t get a chance to feed back my experience. While I had a difficult pregnancy and some negative experiences in terms of care, many things were positive so I am glad I am now getting the chance to share this information and hope it can help others.” She added “This survey is a chance for local women to tell us what birth is like in Northern Ireland and will help feed into the planning and delivery of maternity services here. It is open to every woman who had a baby here between 2015 and 2019, and we’re hoping for lots of responses.”
The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and will be live throughout the summer. Birthwise would like to hear from as many women as possible about their experiences before the deadline on Friday 30th August. The survey can be accessed here
The results will be announced at the charity’s official launch on Friday 27th September at the NI Positive Birth Conference and be available afterwards online at www.birthwise.org.uk
BirthWise plan to carry out the survey every three years. As an evidence-based charity, we curate and share evidence on matters relevant to pregnancy, birth, infant feeding, and attachment. We also collect primary evidence from time to time. This will be used to shape our direct work with women/parents, as well as informing our campaigning work.Tagged with: Birthing Survey, births in NI, birthwise, having a baby in Northern Ireland, Maternity Services, Maternity Services NI, NI Births, Your Voice Matters
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