The National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey

The National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey asks women and their partners about their 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 provide valuable information on the standard of maternity bereavement services in Ireland, acknowledging what is working well and identifying areas where improvements are needed.

The 2022 National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey is now closed.

The results will be published in 2023. If you would like to be notified when the results are available please sign up here.

If you need support

If you have been impacted by any issues with regard to maternity bereavement and would like information or support, or if you would like to provide feedback on your experience of maternity bereavement care, you can do so by contacting the Patient Advocacy Service on 0818 293 003 or at info@patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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

Development of Questionnaire

We have developed a National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey questionnaire. The National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey 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 find out more about how the survey was developed and to view the questionnaire.

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Any questions about the Maternity Bereavement Survey?

Read our frequently asked questions or contact the survey team.

The Survey timeline

The timeline below describes the different phases in the National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey cycle.

Survey goes live

Women and their partners 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 were invited to participate in the survey.

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

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Survey closes

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

Women and their partners 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 were invited to participate in the survey.

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

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Survey closes

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.