Calling all new mums and mothers-to-be

Are you pregnant or a mother of a child (children) under the age of 3? If so, Healthwatch
Leicestershire wants to hear from you.
The Department of Health recently undertook a National Review of maternity services
which resulted in the publication of “Better Births 2016”. The vision in this strategy is for
maternity services across England to become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional
and more family friendly, where every woman has access to information to enable her to
make decisions about her care and where she and her baby can access support that is
centred around their individual needs and circumstances.
One of the requirements of Better Births is for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to
establish a Local Maternity system (LLR LMS) and produce a plan.
This year, the health watchdog has developed a survey that asks questions about a
mother’s journey through pregnancy and how health services and professional have
interacted and provided care, information and support.
The survey is designed to better understand what improvements can be suggested to
decision makers, providers and commissioners about services that are used throughout and
after pregnancy.
Vandna Gohil, Healthwatch Leicestershire Director said:
“As a woman goes through pregnancy they use many different services and meet with
different health professionals, including midwives, GPs, public health nurses and dentists,
to name a few. We are asking expectant mothers and new mothers if these services are
currently working together to provide them with the best possible support. We will also be
listening to health professionals and asking what can be done to better support people who
use these services.”
Healthwatch Leicestershire is calling for expectant mothers, and mothers with children
under 3 years of age, to complete the survey and share their views and experiences of
using health services.
The survey can be found online at: or on the
Healthwatch Leicestershire website under ‘Have your say’.