Women are being asked to share their experience of having a baby to help influence the future of maternity services in Reading and beyond.
The NHS has asked local Healthwatch across Berkshire West, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, to collect stories and views about whether women were offered choices on where to give birth, pain relief during labour, and whether midwives or doctors supported their choices.
People are also asked ideas on how proposed ‘personalised care plans’ should work for pregnant women in the future. These plans would contain all the up-to-date care choices and decisions made by women and be seen by midwives and doctors to help reduce the number of times you have to explain your choices. This change is happening because of a recent national review of maternity services called Better Births.
Your feedback will be anonymous and will be used to inform recommendations in an independent local Healthwatch report to be submitted to the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network. Healthwatch Buckinghamshire is the lead organisation overseeing the survey.
Share your views by completing this online survey. Or you can contact us for a paper copy of the survey by phoning 0118 937 2295.