The National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey

The National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey is the first national survey asking women and their partners about the maternity bereavement care they received in an Irish hospital.

The National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey is now open.

If you have experienced:

  • a second trimester miscarriage,For the purpose of this survey, second trimester miscarriage refers to the death of a baby between 14 -24 weeks of pregnancy.
  • the stillbirth of a babyA baby born after 24 weeks of pregnancy or greater than or equal to 500grams, showing no signs of life. or
  • early neonatal death of a babyA baby born alive but who dies within the first seven days of life.

and received care in an Irish maternity unit or hospital between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2021 we would like to encourage you to participate in this national survey.

Please tell us about your experience to help us improve the standard and quality of maternity bereavement care in Ireland.

Take the survey

The National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey asks women and their partners about experiences of maternity bereavement care and includes questions on diagnosis, admission, labour and birth, postnatal care, bereavement, discharge and follow-up care.

The findings of this national survey will provide valuable information on the standard of maternity bereavement services in Ireland, acknowledging what is working well and identifying areas where improvements are needed.

Sign up here to be notified when the results are available.

Development of Questionnaire

We have developed a National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey questionnaire. The questionnaire was informed by focus groups, a Delphi study, cognitive testing and piloting with bereaved parents, healthcare professionals, support organisations, representatives of special interest groups and policy-makers.

Click below to view the questionnaire and to learn more about what was involved in developing it.

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Any questions about the Maternity Bereavement Survey?

Read our frequently asked questions or contact the survey team.

Resources for bereaved parents

Resources for parents who have been bereaved by pregnancy and infant loss are
available at Pregnancy and Infant Loss Ireland.

The Survey timeline

Eligibility period and criteria

All women who experienced a second trimester miscarriage, a stillbirth or an early neonatal death and received inpatient care in one of Ireland’s 19 maternity units or hospitals between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2021 will be invited to participate in the survey. Participants are required to have been 16 years of age or older at the time of their loss.

Survey goes live

The online survey will be open to all eligible participants from 1 September to 31 October 2022 (8 week period).

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Survey closes and results are analysed

The results are then analysed and the reports are prepared for publication.

Online and paper survey

Results published

Survey findings are published on yourexperience.ie.

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Quality Improvements

The HSE and healthcare services respond to the survey results by developing quality improvement initiatives.

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Survey goes live

The online survey will be open to all eligible participants from 1 September to 31 October 2022 (8 week period).

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Survey closes and results are analysed

The results are then analysed and the reports are prepared for publication.

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Results published

Survey findings are published on yourexperience.ie.

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Quality Improvements

The HSE and healthcare services respond to the survey results by developing quality improvement initiatives.