Listening to your experiences of maternity services and information sharing

What we are doing

We’re working with the NHS to improve how information about your health is recorded and shared during your pregnancy and after your baby has been born. This could include information about treatment or advice you’ve received, tests and scans you’ve had or decisions you’ve made about your maternity care.   

Some of the questions we are exploring are:

  • Did your maternity team have all the information they needed about you to provide care that was right for you? 
  • Did you create a care plan and was it accessible to the team caring for you? Could you access it and update it? 
  • Did you have the information you needed to make informed decisions about your care and did your maternity team use this information to meet your needs?  
  • Were there gaps in the information needed for your or your baby’s care? What information wasn’t available that you think should have been?  
Pregnant woman and child


We recently held a series of workshops, each focusing on different aspects of maternity care. The topics we covered are shown in the boxes below. Your experiences shared in these sessions will really help us make improvements in how we document and share information about pregnancy and postnatal care for all. If you want to talk to us, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us at

Our consultation for this standard has now finished. The new draft standard will be published in May 2024.

  • Making a plan for your care based on your needs
  • Making informed decisions about care
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Becoming pregnant under the age of 18 
  • Health inequalities and how experiences of health can be different for different groups of people
  • Having a named midwife during your maternity experience 
  • Pelvic floor health during and after pregnancy
  • Postnatal checks
  • Stopping smoking 
  • Maternal medicine – specialist consultant-led care for people with existing or pregnancy related health conditions
  • Using mental health services related to your pregnancy 
  • Fetal medicine – specialist care for when there are concerns about the health of an unborn baby
  • Multiple births such as twins or triplets
  • Bereavement and loss