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Postnatal care survey seeks to address 'neglect'

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A tool for assessing maternal satisfaction with local postnatal care has been developed by primary care researchers from Somerset.

They developed a 36 question survey - the women’s views of birth postnatal satisfaction questionnaire (WOMBPNSQ) - which asked for feedback on areas such as support given by health professionals, duration of inpatient stay, home visiting, and pain after birth.

The authors said: “Postnatal care is the neglected area of pregnancy care, despite repeated calls to improve it. Any changes being considered should take into account women’s views.

“The questionnaire developed here enables the assessment of parental satisfaction with the full spectrum of postnatal care provided to them. No suitable tool existed previously.”

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