For the first time, mums and dads
have the opportunity to shape the future of maternity care by sharing their
experience, ideas and expectations of pregnancy, birthing and postnatal health
survey launched today targets women and their partners, who have had a child or
have been pregnant in the last 10 years, or are planning to start a family.
Deputy Secretary Dr Nigel Lyons said the ultimate aim is to focus on what is most
important to women and their partners in their maternity care and to ensure
that these aspects are reflected in the delivery of maternity services across
“We want to make
sure that women are supported to make choices about their maternity care with
evidence-based and unbiased information,” Dr Lyons said.
“The survey will help us to
understand what women and their partners value, and with fathers playing a more
active role in the planning for a family right through to child birth, we
encourage them to complete the survey to tell us what services are important to
The survey questions cover
aspects such as planning a pregnancy, shared decision making, models of care,
and the role of maternity care in giving babies and their families the best
start in life.
“In the past, women have
expressed their interest in accessing maternity services that provide
continuity of care and we want to hear more about the support they need,” Dr
“It is an
excellent opportunity for current and future parents to have a say about the
future of maternity care in NSW.”
The results of
the survey will be used to update NSW maternity
care policy. The policy ‘Maternity – Towards Normal Birth in NSW’ was
introduced in 2010 and is currently under review.
The survey is
open until Friday 9 November 2018 and can be completed on the NSW Health
After the survey
closes, there will be further opportunities to contribute through consumer and
clinician workshops held between at the start of 2019.