Healthwatch Dorset spoke to over 100 local women and their families about local maternity services, to find out what it's really like when you have a baby in Dorset. We organised two "Mini Moments" events for parents and children, ran a Facebook survey and visited local community groups and children's centres to get people's feedback.
We have put our findings into a new report, called Baby Steps. It shows the need for better communication, continuity of care and the need to allow new parents the support to make their own choices. We believe this is even more important when talking about people who may have stronger preferences due to disability, religion, or culture.
Joyce Guest, Chair of Healthwatch Dorset, explains: "Our project was about listening to people who don't always have the loudest voice. We're delighted that the Dorset Local Maternity System has accepted all of the recommendations in our report and we look forward to seeing the actions they take in response, to make maternity services across Dorset even better."
To find out more, and to download both our report and the response to it from the Dorset Local Maternity System, click here.