The National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey will be the first national survey asking bereaved parents about their experiences of maternity care in Ireland. The survey will gather bereaved parents’ lived experiences of maternity care throughout the duration of their pregnancy, hospital admission, postnatal and follow-up care. The findings of this national survey will drive service improvements in maternity care, acknowledging what is working well and identifying areas where improvement are needed.

The findings will also be used to inform regulation, national policies and standards.

This survey is currently under development, with a view to surveying bereaved parents in 2022.

Development of Questionnaire

The National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey questionnaire is currently under development. In order to develop the questionnaire, we will conduct focus groups in March and April 2021 with bereaved parents, healthcare professionals, support organisations, representatives of special interest groups, inspectors and policy-makers, to assist us in identifying key topic areas to explore in the national survey questionnaire. This will be followed by a Delphi study, cognitive testing and piloting of the final questionnaire.

Click below to learn more about what is involved in developing the questionnaire in 2021.

View steps to develop questionnaire

Any questions about the National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey?

Please 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.