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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. Women who give birth in October (or November, see participating maternity units) 2019 will be invited to participate in the survey.

What hospitals are taking part?

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

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Survey model

The National Maternity Experience Survey contains 68 questions, which have been determined following a rigorous selection process. Click below to learn more about what is 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.

October and November 2019

Eligibility period

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

 

Participating maternity units

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1 February 2020

Survey goes live

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

Online and paper survey
30 April 2020

Survey closes

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

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Autumn 2020

Results published

Reports are published in Autumn 2020. Click on the link below to subscribe for notification of these reports.

 

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Quality improvements

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

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October and November 2019
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Eligibility period

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

 

Participating maternity units

1 February 2020
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Survey goes live

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

30 April 2020
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Survey closes

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

Autumn 2020
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Results published

Reports are published in Autumn 2020. Click on the link below to subscribe for notification of these reports.

 

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Upcoming
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Quality improvements

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

Resources for hospitals and GP clinics

Help us promote the National Maternity Experience Survey in your hospital, clinic or health centre. Guides, information and promotional material are available on the website.

Resources for hospitals

Resources for bereaved parents

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