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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: Almost 80% of women 'trust maternity staff'

Here are some of the key findings of a major survey by the Care Quality Commission of women's experiences of maternity services:

  • A quarter said they were left alone at a time that worried them during labour and birth (up from 22 percent in 2010)
  • Almost one in five said their concerns were not taken seriously
  • 77 percent felt they were always involved in decisions about their care (up from 74 percent in 2010)
  • 71 percent were able to move around and find a position that made them most comfortable during labour and birth
  • 78 percent said they definitely had confidence and trust in the staff caring for them during labour and birth (up from 73 percent in 2010)

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