National Maternity Experience Survey

The National Maternity Experience Survey offers eligible new mothers the opportunity to share their experiences of Ireland’s maternity services — from antenatal to postnatal care — in order to improve the safety and quality of care provided to women and their babies. The first National Maternity Experience Survey took place in October and November 2019. The results are now live. To find out more, watch our animation.

What hospitals took part?

Five maternity hospitals and 14 maternity units participated in the National Maternity Experience Survey. Click below to find out more.

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Survey model

The National Maternity Experience Survey contained 68 questions, which were determined following a rigorous selection process. Click below to learn more about what was involved in conducting the survey.

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Any questions about the maternity survey?

Read our frequently asked questions or contact the survey team.

Timeline

The timeline below describes the five most important phases in the National Maternity Experience Survey cycle in 2019 and 2020.

October and November 2019

Eligibility period

Women aged 16 or older who gave birth in October (or November) 2019 were eligible to participate.

 

Participating maternity units

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1 February 2020

Survey went live

All eligible women were contacted by post in February or March 2020 and received information on the survey and a link to the online survey.

Online and paper survey
30 April 2020

Survey closed

The survey closed on 30 April 2020. The results were then analysed and the reports prepared for publication.

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Autumn 2020

Results published

Reports were published on October 1 2020. Click on the link below to see the results.

 

National Results

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Autumn 2020

Quality improvements

The HSE and individual maternity service providers responded to the survey results by developing quality improvement initiatives.

To see the national report and the HSE’s response, please click here. To see the hospital reports and the hospital’s response, please click here.

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October and November 2019
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Eligibility period

Women aged 16 or older who gave birth in October (or November) 2019 were eligible to participate.

 

Participating maternity units

1 February 2020
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Survey went live

All eligible women were contacted by post in February or March 2020 and received information on the survey and a link to the online survey.

30 April 2020
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Survey closed

The survey closed on 30 April 2020. The results were then analysed and the reports prepared for publication.

Autumn 2020
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Results published

Reports were published on October 1 2020. Click on the link below to see the results.

 

National Results

Autumn 2020
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Quality improvements

The HSE and individual maternity service providers responded to the survey results by developing quality improvement initiatives.

To see the national report and the HSE’s response, please click here. To see the hospital reports and the hospital’s response, please click here.

Resources for bereaved parents

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