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The 2018 Maternity Care Survey has now closed - many thanks to all those who took part! The survey results will be published early next year.

The sampling methodology for the survey has been reviewed, with a simplified methodology applied to the 2018 survey. Full details of the review and new methodology are provided in this Sampling Review Paper.

We received full approval to use the data required to sample individuals for the latest Maternity Care Survey and to use a survey contractor to administer the survey.  Approval is from the Public Benefit & Privacy Panel and a copy of the approval letter is available here. Quality Health administered the survey fieldwork on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Final copies of the 2018 survey materials are available at the following links:

A further two reminder letters were also sent out. For more information on how your data that is collected through the survey is used, please read our Privacy Notice.


About the Survey

The Maternity Care Survey asks women about their most recent NHS maternity care experience.  It covers the maternity care journey from antenatal care through to care at home after the birth.

Through the Maternity Care Survey, we want to hear from women across Scotland about their maternity care experiences.  The survey responses inform local services, including NHS Boards, about experiences of maternity care, highlighting where things are going well and where they could be improved.  

The 2018 survey is the third run of the Maternity Care Survey.  It was first run in 2013 and then again in 2015. For further details on each survey, including copies of the questionnaire and all publications, please select the relevant link:

The survey and sampling approach for each survey has been developed by the Scottish Government in consultation with a range of stakeholders including NHS Boards. Each survey involves a random sample of women who have recently given birth being invited to complete a questionnaire. The survey can be completed online; via a paper questionnaire and returned by post or by phone.


If you have any queries about any of the Scottish Care Experience Surveys, please email patientexperience@gov.scot.