Auditor General calls for national strategy to tackle specific problems in maternity services
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Most women are satisfied with maternity care in Wales with services generally meeting an appropriate standard, says a report published today by the Auditor General. But the report also highlights some specific problems including the way that labour is managed in some trusts and dissatisfaction with support for infant feeding.
Today's report includes a survey of new mothers. Although many women questioned were satisfied with their experience, a significant minority felt they were not always treated with dignity and respect or kindness and understanding.
Antenatal care generally meets good practice guidelines, but some women do not receive enough check-ups and there is generally low attendance at antenatal classes. The report also shows that women in some trusts tend to receive too many scans whilst trusts are not yet offering the most up-to-date screening for Down's syndrome.