Pregnancy brings joy and fulfilment, and it can also mean a challenge.

Healthwatch wants to find out if care works for new mothers and birthing parents.

With one in four women experiencing mental health problems during pregnancy and in the first year following the birth of a child, support from maternity services can significantly impact their mental health and wellbeing.

We have launched a national survey with other Healthwatch organisations across England and Wales to understand better what is working and what needs improving for people who develop mental health difficulties relating to their maternity experience.

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Healthwatch has done several national pieces of research into maternity services over the years. Our work has contributed to securing important policy wins, such as the rolling out of mother and baby units in every part of the country.

In 2020, following our work, NHS England launched 6-week mental health checks for new mothers to ensure they feel well and have the support they need if they struggle with their mental health.

Our recent review of the evidence of 2,500 people’s experiences of maternity services showed that feedback from patients to Healthwatch about maternity care is worsening.

Opportunity to share your views    

We know that over the last two years, it is not just physical maternity services that have been under pressure. The lack of support available to help with mothers’ and birthing parents’ mental health also appears to be worsening.

Our national survey aims to give you the opportunity to share your views and experiences to help us better understand what is working and what needs improving for new parents.

For instance, we want to know whether the support you received for your mental health during pregnancy and birth met your needs. We also want to see if you had your six-week postnatal check-up and what it was like.

Who do we want to hear from? 

If you live in Norfolk and Waveney, and would like to talk to us in more detail about your experiences, please get in touch via email at [email protected] and we can arrange to talk to you in more detail.