How does it feel for me during COVID-19? June 2021

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Leeds ran a survey to hear about people’s experiences during pregnancy and the impact the pandemic has had on them. 68 people took the time to share their experiences, 40 of whom were pregnant for the first time during lockdown. The survey ran from 15 June to 5 July.

The majority of people felt that lockdown had had a negative emotional impact during their pregnancy. Respondents also reported that they wanted more face to face appointments and check-ups. 9 respondents stated that having their partner with them during appointments would have allowed them to feel more supported.

This report also contains two case studies of a woman who became pregnant following fertility treatment abroad in 2020, and a woman who struggled to connect with her midwife. Healthwatch Leeds also spoke to Home Start, a community network of volunteers and experts supporting families and young children, about the impact of the pandemic on their services.

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Report title 
How does it feel for me during COVID-19? June 2021
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Leeds
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 24 August, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 15 June, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 5 July, 2021
Key themes 
Continuity of care
Digitalisation of services
Holistic support
Integration of services
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
Staff levels

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Community services 
Community health care services - independent midwives

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.