Scotland publishes Maternity Care statistics

Author: Jo Carlowe
Scotland publishes Maternity Care statistics

Most women who recently gave birth in Scotland rated their maternal care positively, a new survey shows.

The results come from the Maternity Care Survey 2018 — National Results, published today. This focuses on the national results of the 2018 Maternity Care Survey and makes comparisons with previous iterations of the same survey.

Just over 2000 women who gave birth in Scotland in February or March 2018 responded to the survey.

Nine in 10 women rated their antenatal care positively, which is consistent with results from previous surveys, and likewise just over nine in 10 rated the care they received during their labour and birth positively.

However, over three-quarters of women were not given a choice about where their antenatal check-ups would take place, and only a quarter of women were cared for by the same midwife team as during their antenatal care.

When it came to postnatal care, just over four in five rated their postnatal hospital care positively — a slight decreased from 2015 (when the survey was last carried out).

Of women whose babies were admitted to a neonatal unit, 95% rated the care their baby had received as positive. Most women felt they were able to stay with their baby as much as they wanted, and that they received assistance within a reasonable time.

The survey also revealed that in the first few days, just over half of women fed their baby breast milk only, while around one-fifth used breast and formula milk. However, almost one in five women always experienced difficulties feeding their baby in the first few days.

While nine in 10 women rated the postnatal care they received at home and in the community positively, less than half saw the same midwife for both their antenatal and postnatal care. Just over a quarter of women who did not see the same midwife for both said they would have liked to have done so.