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CQC Reports – Birth Experiences

A 2022 CQC study finds mixed maternal experiences when giving birth, although the trend over the years is getting worse.

On 11 January 2023, the BBC reported that “Women’s experiences of care when giving birth have worsened in the last five years”.

This followed a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as a result of a survey they conducted in February 2022.

That survey found that women found “a concerning decline” in getting help when most needed during labour and after childbirth. Although the survey also found that overall satisfaction was high.

NHS Maternity Services

The safety of maternity services has come under scrutiny in recent years.

BBC analysis “recently showed that more than half of maternity units in England fail consistently to meet safety standards, with 48% requiring improvement and 7% posing a high risk of avoidable harm.”

A report from March 2022 into one hospital trust found that more than 200 babies might have survived if better maternity care had been given.

Wherever you look, on television, online, in newspapers or social media, etc., you can’t fail to notice the extraordinary strain the NHS faces at the moment. There are delays seemingly in every department.

Sadly, this is likely to impact patient outcomes. That is likely to be felt most acutely in maternity services. Delays of even a few minutes in the delivery of a baby in distress could lead to life-long brain injuries. Hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) is due to a lack of oxygen reaching a foetal brain from their placenta. That can be devastating for the child growing up and their family.

Hopefully, the Government will look at the evidence and support maternity services to reduce the chance of a child going on to develop cerebral palsy.

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