Summary of report contentAim: This report aims to provide a general picture of the pregnancy journey of mothers living in Newham or using out-of-borough maternity services, and to give a glimpse of how maternity care is being experienced among mothers in Newham. A survey was developed by Healthwatch Newham staff and a Healthwatch volunteer, and focussed on choices of birth, antenatal and post-natal care, breastfeeding support, and community services. General care, findings included: Information was not consistently provided to mothers at time of emergency, delays or non-clarity. Mothers may have had a named midwife during their pregnancy, but were seeing different midwives. This experience was often described as ‘difficult to build a relationship’. Postnatal care of community midwives and health visitors: They were described generally as ‘very good’ and ‘caring’, but often ‘rushed’. Some midwives were described as ‘refused to help’, ‘noted down inaccurate information’, or ‘advised to go to a drop-in clinic for advice’. Breastfeeding support: It was often either limited or not provided Hospital care; hospital midwives: 57% contacted a midwife or birth unit at the start of their labour, while 43% did not. There is a mixed experience of midwives. At Newham Hospital Delivery Suite, they were described either as ‘good’ or ‘rude’. At Newham Hospital Birth Centre, generally they were described as ‘good’ or ‘supported mother’s decision’. At both Newham and Royal London, student midwives were described as ‘great’. At Homerton Hospital, midwives were ‘supportive’ Recommendations include; ensuring that community support is an integral part of the postnatal support and defined within the service specification, for example, breastfeeding support, signposting, information and advice after the birth and home visits.
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Date of publication
Tuesday, 6 June, 2017
Date evidence capture began
Friday, 9 September, 2016
Date evidence capture finished
Sunday, 1 January, 2017
Type of report
Communication between staff and patients
Quality of care
Healthwatch reference number
Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
Primary research method used
How was the information collected?
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced?
Secondary care services
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report
Number of people who shared their views
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Does the information include public's views?
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views?
Does the information include staff's views?
Types of health and care professionals engaged
Does the information include other people's views?
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views?
Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report?
Does the information contain a response from a provider?
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report?
Is there evidence of impact external to the report?