Fears new mothers are being 'left alone' during labour

The quality of care given to women during pregnancy and birth is "just not good enough" in many cases, the chief inspector of hospitals has said. Although a major survey of new mothers in England revealed an overall improvement in maternity services.

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Survey: Quarter of new mothers 'left alone' during labour

A quarter of new mothers surveyed in England say they were left alone at a time that worried them during labour and birth, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found.

The survey asked 23,000 new mothers in England about their experience of maternity services Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

The survey of some 23,000 women, who gave birth in February, revealed an overall improvement in maternity services, but also some areas for improvement.

A higher proportion of women than in 2010 felt they were involved in decisions about their care and that they were able to find a comfortable position during labour and birth.

But concerns were raised about the support given during labour and birth, the cleanliness of wards and about seeing different midwives before and after the birth.

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