We undertook a qualitative interview study of women's and their partners' experiences of severe pregnancy complications. Across the care pathway, women identified a number of examples of good practice that made an important difference to their recovery. There were some areas where women felt the quality of care could be improved, for example during points of transition between higher level and routine care or from hospital to the community. Longer-term support and counselling were felt to be particularly valuable, and yet not always universally available. These results emphasise the importance of integrated quality care across the whole patient pathway.
|Number of pages
|BJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
|Early online date
|18 Sept 2014
|Published - Sept 2014
This article presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under the ‘Beyond maternal death: Improving the quality of maternity care through national studies of “near-miss” maternal morbidity’ programme (Programme Grant RP-PG-0608-10038). Marian Knight is funded by a National Institute for Health Research Professorship. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.
We would like to acknowledge the women and their partners who contributed to the study.
- Experiences of care
- near miss
- severe maternal morbidity