Maternity experience in Reading

We spoke with 19 new mothers between February and June 2015, including eight women who shared their stories of not being able to giving birth in their chosen place.


Women told us they felt strongly that women in the future should be routinely advised in advance that there was a possibility that their birth place of choice may be changed due to NHS capacity issues. This would allow women to emotionally and practically prepare for any last minutes changes.

Other findings showed 13 out of 19 women had concerns about postnatal care: lack of ward staff, conflicting breastfeeding advice, or delayed community support.

10 out of 19 women told us they were happy with their care during labour.


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The experience of Reading women who have been diverted from giving birth at their place of choice