Maternity services improve overall though postnatal care could be better, survey shows

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 03 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7000
  1. Mary Hinks-Edwards
  1. 1London

Maternity services are improving, but more needs to be done to support women in the postnatal period, says a report from England’s health and social care regulator.

Of the 25 000 mothers who gave birth in February 2010 in England and responded to a survey from the Care Quality Commission, 92% rated their overall care as good, very good, or excellent—an improvement on the results from a similar survey in 2007.

Women were asked about all aspects of their care from the first time they saw a clinician to care provided at home in the weeks after the birth of their …

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