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The Survey was designed to provide actionable feedback to each participating NHS trust on patients' views of the maternity care they had received. Although 151 trusts providing maternity services took part in the survey, the dataset contains data for 148 trusts: two trusts were excluded due to the very small size of their maternity units, which meant that very few women could be included in their sample. The results from a third trust were excluded from the national figures due to a sampling error that resulted in a lack of comparability of their data with other trusts.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Baby birth dates and weights, antenatal care and check-ups, tests and scans, choices of care, medical problems and pregnancy care, antenatal classes, labour and delivery, including medical care, midwives and other healthcare staff, home births, hospital care after birth, infant feeding, special care and neonatal units, home care after birth, and respondents' demographic characteristics.
England, age, antenatal care, antenatal diagnostic tests, bottle-feeding, breast-feeding, caesarean sections, childbirth, children, choice, delivery (pregnancy), educational background, health, health advice, health consultations, health professionals, health services, home births, hospital births, hospitalization, households, induced labour (birth), information, information needs, labour complications, medical care, medicinal drugs, midwives, nurses, pain, postnatal care, pregnancy
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Quality measure, Proxies
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Picker Institute Europe
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
Unit of Analysis

26,042 patients who had given birth in 2007

ESDS, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access