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.
- 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.