Delivering Better Births

Around 1,400 women across Berkshire West, Oxfordshire and Buckingham shared their maternity experiences. Healthwatch Reading helped hold focus groups and Healthwatch Buckinghamshire led the research and wrote the reprt.

Report summary

  • about a third of people said they had found a birth plan helpful, the same number said they didn't have a birth plan and nearly a quarter said the plan wasn't helpful
  • 64% said choices had been supported ‘very well’ or ‘well’ by midwives and doctors, while 13% said their choices were ‘hardly at all’ or ‘not at all’ supported
  •  The ‘White British’ group said their choices were better supported compared with those in other ethnicity groups
  • There was little support for a personalised birth plan being electronic only.


Delivering Better Births

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