Amanda Kennett.JPGWe will be inviting women who gave birth in January and February 2022 to share their views about the care they received.

As part of a national CQC survey to improve experiences of maternity care, women who gave birth in north Cumbria at the beginning of the year may be sent a letter inviting you to take part in the survey. Invitations will be sent out in April and May 2022.

Amanda Kennet, Associate Director of Midwifery and Gynaecology explained: “It is very important for us to find out what women think of the maternity care they have received, so we can make improvements for all new mothers and babies. If you fill out the questionnaire, your answers will be put together with the answers of other mothers to provide results for NCIC. This will be kept confidential by the researchers.

“Nobody will be able to identify you in any results that are published and the trust will not know who has taken part.

“The survey will include questions on your experience of giving birth, antenatal care, and postnatal care.”

If you are invited to take part, researchers will get in touch with you about the survey. However, taking part in the survey is voluntary and all answers are confidential. If you complete the survey, your name and full address will never be linked to your responses.

Taking part in this survey is voluntary but your views are really important to us. If you do not wish to take part, it will not affect the care you receive from the NHS. You can decide not to take part, or if you do not want to answer some of the questions, you can do so without giving a reason.

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