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Have your say on the Maternity Review at the click of a button – Baroness Julia Cumberlege

I am delighted to let you know that we have launched an online survey as another way in which you can have your say and feed into the Maternity Review.

As I’ve travelled across the country, visiting birth centres and maternity units and talking to families, I’ve been bowled over by your enthusiasm for improving maternity services. I want everyone to have the chance to tell us what works well, what ideas you have for improving things, or simply what happened to you and your family.

The survey is completely anonymous and open to anyone who is interested in maternity services, including mums, dads, families and friends. This short series of questions provides the opportunity to share your experiences and tell us what you think we could be doing better.

We also have questions for people who are involved in providing services, and would like to hear views from healthcare professionals, commissioners and charities on how we can overcome barriers and make improvements in order to provide the best possible care.

Whether you are unable to attend our drop in events, or would simply like to contribute in writing, we hope that you will use the survey to share your views.

The questions are divided into sections so you only need to answer those that are relevant to you, which should take a maximum of five minutes. All responses will feed directly into the review and will help us shape the future of our maternity services.

There are also still plenty of opportunities to come to see us in person at one of our drop in centres and our forthcoming events. Don’t worry if you are also planning to answer the survey – we would still be delighted to talk to you and we have a range of activities at these sessions so that you can contribute in different ways.

We have developed this online consultation to ensure that everyone has the chance to contribute and that all voices are heard. Our conclusions will be shaped by the feedback we receive, and all the suggestions and ideas submitted will be used to drive our recommendations and help us create a high quality service for the future.

If you have a view or opinion, we hope that you will take five minutes to share it with us.


Image of Baroness Julia Cumberlege, Maternity Review ChairBaroness Julia Cumberlege CBE DL was appointed a Junior Health Minister in 1992 and for five years she covered all Health and Social Services matters in the House of Lords.

She has been commissioned by two Governments to produce two national reports: “Neighbourhood Nursing – a Focus for Care” and “Changing Childbirth”.

At the invitation of the Royal College of Physicians, Julia has chaired two working parties. The first report “Doctors in Society” was published in December 2005. The second, “Future Physician, Changing Doctors in Changing Times”, was published in May 2010.

From 2000 until July 2006, Julia chaired St George’s Medical School.

Julia is a Trustee of Leeds Castle in Kent. She is an honorary fellow of four Royal Colleges and has honorary degrees from four Universities.

She is involved in a number of charities and is Patron of the National Childbirth Trust.

Julia has served at all levels in the NHS.

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