The maternity survey is part of a wider programme of NHS patient surveys, which covers a range of topics including acute inpatient, children’s inpatient and day-case services, A&E (emergency department) and community mental health.
The survey was first carried out in 2007, then in 2010 and 2013. To reflect changes in policy and best practice, and to reflect feedback from stakeholders, the survey questionnaire has been adjusted over time.
The 2015 maternity survey involved 133 NHS trusts in England, who sent questionnaires to a total of 50,945 women. Responses were received from 20,631 women, a response rate of 41.2%. Women in the sample who had a live birth between 1 and 28 February 2015 were also invited to take part.
This report presents the key findings from the 2015 maternity survey and highlights statistically significant differences between the survey results from 2013 and 2015, identifying longer term trends where appropriate.