Baby Steps - our report on local maternity services

Healthwatch Dorset spoke to over 100 local women and their families about local maternity services. We wanted to find out what it's really like when you have a baby in Dorset.
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Our findings show 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.

While much of the feedback local people gave us about NHS maternity staff was very positive, there were some people who felt patronised and that they weren’t listened to or respected.

Other recommendations in our report include improving antenatal classes, more postnatal check-ups and clearer information about breastfeeding.

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Response from Dorset Local Maternity System